Boulder the size of a van dislodged over Seward highway

Alaska road crews have dislodged a massive boulder that was poised to come crashing down on a highway busy with summer travelers.

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Thursday morning’s work followed a rock slide that pushed a van-sized rock to a precipice over the Seward Highway near Potter Marsh, south of Anchorage. The Seward Highway is the only road leading south out of the city.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Reese says crews dislodged the rock with a high-pressure water hose.

She says the boulder came to rest on the cliff-side lane, but it was too large to move, even for two front-loaders at the scene.

Reese says crews are breaking up the rock and hoping to have it removed later Thursday.