Starting at about 3 p.m. today, motorists can expect more vehicles on Colorado highways as travelers get a jump start on the last holiday weekend of the summer. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) wants drivers to be informed about the worst times to travel so they can know what to expect and plan accordingly to ensure the most pleasant and safe experience on Colorado highways this weekend.
The heaviest traffic volumes during the weekend are expected on I-70 between C-470 and Summit County as motorists head to the high country for the weekend. Last year, 164,743 vehicles traveled through the Eisenhower Tunnel during the holiday weekend. The peak travel time for westbound I-70 will be today, August 31st from approximately 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with delays lasting up to 30 minutes. The heaviest travel time for eastbound I-70 will be on Monday, September 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with delays of up to one hour.
I-25 is also expected to see an increase in traffic both north and south of Denver and between Denver and Pueblo in particular, due to the closing weekend of the Colorado State Fair. In general, traffic volumes increase about 10% during the summer months including over the Labor Day weekend. Friday afternoon tends to be the busiest time to travel I-25 during the holiday weekend with steady heavier than normal traffic volumes the remainder of the weekend.
Higher traffic volumes along I-25 and I-70 in the central part of Denver can be expected as travelers head downtown to spend time at a number of sporting and other events.
To minimize delays during the holiday weekend, CDOT will suspend all work on its construction and maintenance projects that involves closing travel lanes.
You can plan your trip or check current traveler information by visiting www.cotrip.org or calling 511. You can also sign up for e-mail and text message alerts by visiting www.coloradodot.info and clicking on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner under the search function. Once on the sign-up page, you can select the lists that pertain to your travels and interests.
To help keep our highways safe, please drive responsibly and buckle up. Remember, law enforcement will be out in full force looking for impaired drivers so please use a designated sober driver if you choose to celebrate the holiday weekend with alcohol!