CHEYENNE, Wyo. -Travelers and truckers scrambled to find lodging in Cheyenne on Sunday morning after the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) closed the westbound lane of I-80 due to whiteout conditions between Rawlins and Elk Mountain.
The roads were closed as a part of WYDOT’s “Rolling Closure” procedure that helps keeping smaller towns in Wyoming overwhelmed by travelers who get stuck in communities where lodging is extremely limited.
“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. The road may be open in the direction leading away from the affected area,” WYDOT explains on their website.
When the closure reached Cheyenne, it left hundreds of holiday weekend travelers and truck drivers looking for places to wait from road crews to clear the snow between Rawlins and Elk Mountain Wyoming.
According to the 7:30 am update from WYDOT the roads between Cheyenne and Laramie remain closed with an estimated time of reopening being in the late afternoon.
In the meantime, the roads, hotels and truck stops around the I-80 interchange will remain packed with idling semi-trucks itching to get back on the road.