Last Thursday Caltrans closed Hwy. 101 just north of Redway to demolish a large boulder uphill from the roadway in a landslide area. The boulder was destroyed for safety reasons – to prevent it from rolling into the roadway at a later date.
The blast was scheduled to take place between 11 a.m. and noon, but prepping the explosives took Caltrans longer than expected. The detonation took place at approximately 12:43 p.m., nearly an hour behind schedule.
According to Caltrans spokesman Scott Burger, a total of 163 vehicles were stopped including north- and south-bound traffic.
REDWOOD TIMES PHOTOS BY DAVE BROOKSHER
1. Certified blaster and Caltrans employee Mike Maples oversees trainees while mixing explosives.
2. Dust rises from the boulder as Caltrans crewmembers use a jackhammer to drill holes for explosive charges.
3. The aftermath shows all that is left of the boulder.