CASPER, Wyo. — I-80 has closed to westbound traffic between Cheyenne and Laramie. Eastbound lanes between Rock Springs and Rawlins are also closed.
These new closures are “rolling closures,” according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
“The small towns along Interstate 80 have limited resources in terms of parking, fuel, hotel rooms and other amenities,” WYDOT said in their explanation of rolling closures. “When a town is at capacity, which can happen during a long-duration closure, the closure will be rolled back to the next town to avoid stranding travelers in a location without adequate services.”
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“The road may be open in the direction leading away from the affected area. WYDOT attempts to make accommodations for travelers who do not put a demand on an affected community’s resources by issuing local traffic only restrictions and through the WYDOT Authorized Travel program.”
The estimated opening time of those westbound lanes is unknown. US 30 westbound between Cheyenne and Happy Jack also has rolling closures in effect.
I-80 remains closed in both directions between Laramie and Rawlins. As of 11:30 am, the Wyoming Department of Transportation estimated those sections of the interstate would open in 4-6 hours.
While most traffic is allowed on portions of I-25 and US 87 between Cheyenne and Wheatland, that section of the interstate is closed to “light, high profile vehicles due to active blowovers in the area.”
Several other closures are in effect across the state.