On Memorial Day weekend, this 8.5-million-pound boulder rolled off a cliff and destroyed part of a highway between Cortez and Telluride, Colorado. Blowing it up to clear the way would cost the state $200,000 so instead Governor Jared Polis turned the bug into a feature.
The "house-sized" boulder is now named Memorial Rock and is a designated tourist attraction. From UPI
"We expect that for generations to come, people will have the opportunity to observe this geological masterpiece that we're calling Memorial Rock," Polis said at a news conference earlier this week...
The highway will be widened with additional shoulder and a new guardrail will be installed near the rock, Lisa Schwantes, the transportation department's southwest Colorado spokeswoman, told UPI.
Fixing the two-lane highway will cost about $1.3 million, Polis said, but most of that money will come from emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration.
image: Colorado Department of Transportation
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