Sunday afternoon brought the end of a very long waiting game in Pueblo. Hundreds of drivers became stranded there after State Patrol closed I-25 South of Pueblo Saturday, citing dangerous road conditions. Troopers finally lifted the barriers around 4:30 PM, just as travelers were starting to come to terms with the possibility they'd be ringing in the new year in Southern Colorado.
"They just picked up that little gate right there, so now we're gone!" Said one traveler, eager to get back home to Texas-- the destination of many stranded travelers including John Jo.
"We've been here 25 hours," said Jo. "We just checked out of our hotel this morning and thought we'd wait it out in our car."
It was enough to give any weary traveler the car equivalent of cabin fever. One driver even tried to make a run for the border, but didn't get far from troopers.
"It's starting to get testy," said Trooper Dave Prewitt. "People are tired of waiting in their cars, but we want to make sure it's safe before they get back on the road."
Through their snow and ice-covered despair, some Pueblo-locked travelers were determined to stay positive.
"Pueblo's a nice little town to spend New Year's in," said Ryan Byrd of Dallas.
And from the view along I-25, It looked like folks were lining up to get there, though travelers like Andrea McDermott were lining up to get out.
"We're hoping not to have to get a hotel for the second night in a row," said McDermott.
Around 4:30 PM she and everyone else got their New Year's wish-- a mass exodus down I-25 South, after a memorable New Years Eve in Southern Colorado.