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Heavy Traffic Week Ahead

July 2, 2012 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state during 4th of July week.

“This is traditionally the beginning of the busy summer traffic season.  The snow is all gone, the children are out of school and vacation travel is building,” says CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt.  “With the July 4th holiday falling in the middle of the week, we’re expecting to see a significant jump in traffic before and after the actual holiday so people should make their travel plans accordingly.”

To reduce potential delays, all CDOT construction projects will be suspended statewide on Wednesday.  Most projects will continue operating Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; others will be suspended all week.  The only exception is for emergency operations.

Heavier than normal traffic should be anticipated on the state’s main thoroughfares, including Interstate 25 and Interstate 70, especially between Vail and the Denver area.

The 2011 Fourth of July weekend traffic count at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels was:

2011

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

Friday July 1, 2011

30,180

16,151

46,331

Saturday, July 2, 2011

26,835

15,950

42,785

Sunday, July 3, 2011

20,156

19,357

39,513

Monday, July 4, 2011

12,587

22,739

35,326

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

14,549

25,382

39,931

Total

104,307

99,579

203,886

However, since Independence Day is Wednesday, traffic counts traditionally are higher than normal but lower than when the 4th includes a weekend.

Please be aware that due to this year’s wildfires, a highway can be closed at any time to facilitate firefighting activities, evacuations or for other public safety functions.  Additional information regarding fire bans and fireworks restrictions is available at www.colorado.gov

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