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Last Blast for Summer Traffic‏

Last Blast for Summer Traffic

              The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state over the Labor Day weekend due to the number of events and activities taking place to finish up the summer travel season.

            All CDOT construction projects will be suspended statewide by late Friday afternoon to reduce potential delays.  The only exception is for emergency operations.  Projects will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, September 2.

            Heavier than normal weekend traffic is expected on Interstate 25 along the Front Range and on I-70 west of Denver.  More traffic than normal will travel westbound I-70 today and Saturday and eastbound I-70 on Labor Day, September 1, especially between Summit County and the Denver area.

            Last year’s traffic numbers at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels (EJMT):

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

Friday, August 30, 2013

29,614

15,525

45,139

Saturday, August 31, 2013

24,906

15,018

39,924

Sunday, September 1, 2013

16,151

21,791

37,942

Monday, September 2, 2013

13,286

27,652

40,938

Total

83,957

79,986

163,943

 

One seasonal road is partially closing after this weekend.  The five miles of the Mount Evans Highway (Colorado 5) from Summit Lake to the top closes on Tuesday, September 2, at 8 a.m.  This is done, per agreement, between CDOT and the U.S. Forest Service.  The remaining 10 miles, from Echo Lake (State Highway 103) to Summit Lake, remains open until early October, weather permitting.

Other seasonal roadways – State Highway 82 over Independence Pass between Twin Lakes and Aspen and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park – remain open through the fall until adverse weather requires a full closure for the winter.

Information regarding the opening and closing of seasonal highways in Colorado is available on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511.  Updates also are offered via e-mail.  Please visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including General Travel Information – Seasonal Mountain Pass Closures/Openings.

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