COLORADO SPRINGS – Interstate 25 has reopened between Monument and Castle Rock following a major blizzard Wednesday in which hundreds of vehicles were caught in the storm and were left stranded blocking narrow lanes through 14-mile construction corridor. The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened the freeway just before 3:00 p.m. Thursday.
Truck driver Carl Morris was in Texas when the storm blew through. The high winds forced him to wait through the night for the weather to die down. He found himself waiting again Thursday, parked on the shoulder of I-25 near Northgate Road during the freeway closure.
“I ain’t going to pay no $2500 fine for driving on a road that’s closed,” Morris said.
News 5 viewer Chris Barrett was heading to Denver to catch a flight back east for a funeral. She saw a video clip posted on social media showing the highway reopening and shared it with her brother to convince him that the road had indeed reopened.
“And so, I screenshotted your guy’s post, your video, and I sent it to him and he was like, oh, I’m on my way now,” Barrett said.
We’re moving now. Almost made it to Baptist Rd. pic.twitter.com/P39kRrzhzB
— Andy Koen (@KOAAAndyKoen) March 14, 2019
For drivers, it’s a relief to have the state’s main corridor open. However, getting to the interstate was a different story.
Seth Mackey was supposed to be in a hockey tournament in Denver this week. He said the roads in Black Forrest were still dicey Thursday evening.
“I came in through Hodgen right here. So, that was a nightmare,” Mackey said. “There was a couple of times where it was one lane and you’re going up a hill and a truck came right at me. That was a little heart-stopping.”
Dozens of vehicle remain stranded along Woodmen Road. Officers with Colorado Springs Police either moved them to the shoulder or had them towed to a nearby parking lot. Owners are asked to pick up their cars on Friday.
The police department remains on accident alert status and plows crews are still in a full call out meaning all 40 trucks are still on the roads working to get all of the main roads and secondary streets clear.