Interstate 25 reopened, other Colorado highways remain closed

Traffic moves along Interstate 25 in Monument just after the highway reopened Thursday afternoon. Still from FOX21 Skycam Network video

Interstate 25 between Colorado Springs and Denver has completely reopened.

The interstate closed Wednesday when a blizzard hit the area. CDOT estimates about 300 vehicles were involved in the closure. That’s not including the vehicles stuck on secondary routes. 

All lanes of the interstate reopened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. 

Here’s a live look:

CDOT said “extended efforts” are underway to clear Highways 24 and 94 east of Colorado Springs. Those roads may not open until Friday morning, according to CDOT. 

There’s no word on when Highways 83 and 105 will reopen between Colorado Springs and Denver. 

Anyone stranded on the highways should call 911. 

Here’s a look at the southern Colorado highways still closed as of 3 p.m., according to CDOT: 

  • Highway 24 in both directions between Falcon (Rio Lane) and Limon (Interstate 70)
  • Highway 94 in both directions between Enoch Road (east of Colorado Springs) and Aroya (Highway 287)
  • Highway 83 between Highway 105 (Monument) and Highway 86 (Franktown)
  • Highway 105 between Sedalia and Monument
  • Highway 17 in both directions over the Cumbres and La Manga passes, between the New Mexico border and mile marker 14

>> Tap here for a look at road conditions statewide, courtesy of CDOT

Nine snow cats are still deployed in El Paso County–two from Search and Rescue, two from the state of Colorado, one from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, two from private contractors, and two from Colorado Springs Utilities. They’re working mostly in the northern and eastern parts of the county. 

County officials said there are “countless” abandoned cars impeding the work of the plows and rescuers. 

As of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than 1,100 drivers were stuck and stranded on roads across El Paso County. There were 200 to 400 stalled cars on Woodmen Road alone, according to Sheriff Bill Elder. 

The Colorado National Guard has been activated for search, rescue, and life safety operations primarily focused on stranded motorists.

El Paso County has 29 plow trucks and 13 graders helping with cleanup efforts. The city of Colorado Springs has 40 plows and vehicles working on the snow and ice-covered roads. 

Crews will treat roads with snow control materials, but because temperatures are forecast to remain near freezing Thursday, their effectiveness will be limited until it gets warmer. 

Emergency shelters

The following locations are open as emergency shelters for people who are stranded: 

  • Homeless Shelter available at Springs Rescue Mission; 5 W. Las Vegas Ave, Colorado Springs
  • Woodmen Valley Chapel; 290 E Woodmen Rd, Colorado Springs
  • Woodmen Valley Heights Campus; 8292 Woodmen Valley Vw, Colorado Springs
  • Mountain Springs Church, 7345 Adventure Way, Colorado Springs
  • Falcon Patriot Learning Center; 11990 Swingline Road, Peyton
  • Calhan St. Paul’s; 1450 5th St, Calhan
  • Monument St. Peter’s; 55 Jefferson St, Monument
  • New Covenant Church; 77 Perry Park Ave, Larkspur
  • Black Forest Community Church, 6845 Shoup Rd, Black Forest (Note: A phone number is posted on the door, call and the shelter will be opened)
  • Douglas County Fairgrounds; 500 Fairgrounds Rd, Castle Rock

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