Large Boulder Perched Above Roadway in Washington Removed

A large boulder over a road in Stevens Pass, Washington, was removed Thursday, January 13, allowing the road to reopen later that day. The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said that contractors strategically placed airbags under the 12-foot by 8-foot by 6-foot rock and inflated it, causing the boulder to slide down the slope and split as it fell. The road at Stevens Pass and US 2 Tumwater Canyon soon reopened to traffic at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, after crews worked Wednesday and Thursday morning to clear the road and clear nearby dangerous trees, according to WSDOT. The video from WSDOT shows the rock falling down the empty road below. Credit: Washington State Department of Transportation via Storyful


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