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LONE TREE, Colo. -- Northbound Interstate 25 was down to one lane at Lincoln Avenue and crews were late in finishing overnight construction, creating a traffic nightmare coming out of Castle Rock on Monday morning.

Crews were expected to be finished with work and lanes reopened up by 5:30 a.m. But a drive from Founders Parkway to Lincoln that typically takes 15 to 20 minutes instead was pushing an hour as commuters were trying to make their way to downtown and the Tech Center.

The Colorado Department of Transportation gave no estimate of when more lanes would be opened, though at 7 a.m., crews could be seen picking up cones and opening more lanes.

Just before 7:30 a.m., CDOT said all lanes were reopened. But with traffic backed up for miles, it will take considerable time for things to get back to normal.

Alternate routes include Parker Road or Santa Fe Avenue. The frontage road was also jammed. But drivers could be seen getting off the interstate and going the wrong way on on-ramps in an attempt to avoid the parking lot.

CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said the contractors were doing a "complicated traffic shift" as part of the two-year project that will add a lane in each direction of Interstate 25 between Lincoln and County Line Road that crews were not able to complete before 5:30 a.m.

"They had to finish the work they were in," Ford said. "Had they opened it up at that point in time, it would not have been safe for traffic. ... Unfortunately, it's one of those things that definitely impacted traffic and for that we're obviously sorry."

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