On Monday afternoon, the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) offered some new information for truckers who are stuck due to the weekend’s massive snowfall.
At 3 p.m. on Monday, WYDOT issued an update to let travelers know that snow removal crews are working around the clock to battle snow drifts on I-25 and I-80 that have made travel impossible on those roadways.
Three to four foot snow drifts have been reported on I-25 from the Colorado border northward. Three to five foot snow drifts have also been reported on I-80 from Cheyenne to at least Elk Mountain.
WYDOT says that the massive snow drifts are too heavy for plows, so crews are primarily using heavy equipment to remove snow.
Estimated reopening times from WYDOT as of 3 p.m. March 15:
- I-80: the estimated opening time is between 10:00 p.m. on March 16 and 01:00 a.m. on March 17
- I-25: As of 10:00 a.m., the estimated opening time is in 8 to 10 hours.
- US 30/287 between Laramie & Walcott Jct.: As of 1:30 p.m., the estimated opening time is between 10:00 p.m. on March 16 and 01:00 a.m. on March 17.
- US 287 south of Laramie: As of 12:30 p.m., the estimated opening time is in 8 to 10 hours.
- US 85 north of Cheyenne: As of 11:30 a.m., the estimated opening time is unknown.
These are prolonged closures that may change with conditions.
Keep up with the latest travel information from WYDOT here.