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Watch for falling rocks: ‘Boulder season’ hits early in Western Colorado

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, ” Big rocks are crashing onto busy highways in western Colorado canyons, marking an early start to the annual boulder season.

Boulders tumble down on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon and Colorado 82 in the Roaring Fork Valley every spring as melting snow loosens the canyon walls.

Colorado State Patrol Captain Rich Duran says the season is starting early this year and could get bad in March and April because of heavy snowfall this winter.

This week, falling boulders crashed through a concrete median divider on Colorado 82.

Duran says boulders sometimes fall onto moving vehicles, but that’s rare. He says it’s more common for a motorist to hit a boulder that’s already lying on the road.