Mountain roads start to reopen after massive snowstorm

| 3/24/2003

Life – and traffic – is getting back to normal in the Rocky Mountains after a record-breaking storm dumped feet of snow on Colorado and nearby states, The Associated Press reported March 21.

However, some highways were still blocked toward the end of the week, including 60 miles of I-70 west of Denver. To avert an avalanche on that stretch, the Colorado Department of Transportation blasted snow loose from nearby mountainsides.

In addition, a 70-mile-long portion of I-25 was still closed north of Cheyenne, WY.

Most other interstates were open, but sidestreets were still closed, with many still sporting 4-foot-deep drifts despite 40-degree temperatures.