Large Boulder Perched Above Roadway in Washington Removed

A large boulder sitting above a roadway at Stevens Pass, Washington, was removed on Thursday, January 13, allowing the road to be reopened later that day.

Washington’s Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said contractors strategically placed two air bags underneath the 12 ft by 8 ft by 6 ft boulder and inflated them, causing the boulder to tumble down the slope and break apart as it fell.

The road at Stevens Pass and US 2 Tumwater Canyon reopened to traffic shortly at 9:30 am on Thursday, after crews worked Wednesday and early Thursday to clear the road and remove dangerous trees nearby, according to WSDOT.

Video released by WSDOT shows the boulder crashing down onto the empty road below. Credit: Washington State Department of Transport via Storyful

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