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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.

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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.

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