KUSA - A barricade blocking State Highway 119, at the mouth of Boulder Canyon, was lifted by the National Guard on Sunday.
CDOT reopened the road after weeks of extensive work and repair, since Boulder Creek flooded.
Before Sunday, drivers had to go south all the way to Golden, then west on Highway 6 and then north on undamaged stretches of 119 to Black Hawk - just to get to Nederland, Ward or Estes Park.
CDOT shut the road down September 12. Crews started working on it September 23, while the National Guard kept up a road block every day.
"When it's time to reopen, we'll get the word from CDOT, jump in our humvees and head home," Lt. Chris Doerfler said.
The word came just before 5 p.m., bringing relief to dozens of drivers who had lined up to take the highway home.
"I've definitely felt isolated being closed off, not able to get groceries," Jessica Elder said.
With Highway 119 impassable, Elder, who lives in Nederland, stayed home a lot the last few weeks to take care of her 1-year-old. She chose to avoid the three to four hour detour home that used to take her 20 minutes.
"It felt a little, it makes you a little stir crazy," Elder said.
CDOT crews worked around the clock to get the road ready weeks ahead of time. Rockslides and washouts finally have given way to free flowing cars, and relief.
"We're just really happy it's getting better," Elder said.
CDOTs work will continue. About 10 state highways remain closed from the floods.
Still with progress provides proof the road to recovery is piecing itself together.
Monday morning, Governor Hickenlooper will join CDOT for a reopening ceremony at the mouth of Boulder Canyon.
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