ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State workers commuting to Santa Fe from ABQ are on a two-hour delay.
12:45pm UPDATE: Did it close or didn't it? We've had conflicting reports all morning about whether northbound I-25 shut down at the Santo Domingo exit because of foggy conditions and black ice.
KOB-TV is now reporting that officials announced around 7 this morning that they would close the interstate, but later decided that it would be safer not to close the highway.
"Keeping the cars moving at a safe speed would help keep the road from icing over further," State Police Officer Eugene Bess told Eyewitness News 4. "If we were to stop traffic completely, chances are the road would've iced up even more and we would've had to wait additional time for the trucks to come out and plow and put down sand."
This is the upside and the downside of trying to report news as it happens from a variety of sources. It's, as they say, like watching sausage being made. Not pretty. And it's another reason why there's no real substitute for being a reporter clutching a notebook at the scene.
Our apologies. We hope no one was unduly confused — or at least more confused than we were.
10:30pm UPDATE: Northbound Interstate 25 was closed for about an hour at the Santo Domingo exit beginning around 6:20 or 6:30 this morning, state Department of Transportation spokesman S.U. Mahesh told ABQjournal.com.
An earlier report that northbound Interstate 25 was shut down at Santo Domingo because of black ice on La Bajada isn't true, State Police Sgt. Andrew Tingwall tells ABQjournal.com.
Northbound I-25 remains open but it's extremely slow going due to patchy fog and glare ice approaching the hill, said Tingwall, who said Sandoval County deputies are reporting five rollover crashes this morning.
"We considered closing it, but it's still open," Tingwall said of northbound I-25.
We erroneously attributed a KKOB report that the highway had been closed to Tingwall.
KKOB is reporting that the state Department of Transportation said this morning that the highway had been closed briefly at Santo Domingo but has been reopened.
7:05am — Northbound I-25 Closed at Santo Domingo: State offices on 2-hour delay for ABQ workers due to La Bajada rollovers.
Northbound Interstate 25 has been shut down at Santo Domingo Pueblo because of black ice on La Bajada, where at least five weather-related rollover crashes have been reported, 770 KKOB Radio reported.
Southbound I-25 remains open but the road is slick and icy as you come down the hill, and traffic on northbound I-25 is backed up for miles.
Meanwhile, state workers who commute from Albuquerque and south of Santa Fe have been given a two-hour delay this morning, according to KOAT-TV's list of closings and delays.
Keep up to date with the state Department of Transportation's road conditions Web site or call DOT's hotline at 1-800-432-4269.
6:55am UPDATE: State workers heading from Albuquerque to Santa Fe this morning have been given a two-hour delay due to black ice on Interstate 25 that has caused multiple crashes on La Bajada, KOB-TV just reported.
6:50am UPDATE: There are now as many as nine rollover crashes on north- and southbound Interstate 25 near La Bajada, and the highway is glazed over with black ice from Santo Domingo to La Bajada, KKOB's Helen Wheels is reporting.
There are other crashes reported around town, including one on the flyover from eastbound Interstate 40 to northbound I-25, and a new one at Broadway and Bobby Foster.
There's a combination of patchy fog, snow flurries and black ice that's making driving this morning a real challenge, so if you don't have to go — especially north to Santa Fe — stay home, Wheels suggests.
6:26 am — Watch Out for Black Ice: Multiple rollovers reported on I-25 north and south near La Bajada.
Slick roads are accounting for five different rollover crashes in the metro area, three of them on north- and southbound Interstate 25 near La Bajada, another one at Rio Bravo and Coors and one on Rio Bravo near La Vega, according to 770 KKOB Radio's traffic reporter Helen Wheels.
No word on injuries just yet.
Drivers are urged to use caution on bridges, overpasses and at intersections due to this unexpected bout of black ice.