Heavy Traffic Expected Along I-70 Corridor for the Holidays

December 24, 2013 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Traffic Counts Up in November, Expected to Increase.

StatewideDENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state over the next several weekends due to holiday traffic.

There will also be extra DUI enforcement throughout the holiday weekends, so plan ahead for a sober designated driver. Through CDOT's The Heat Is On impaired driving enforcement campaign, 6,558 drivers have been arrested for DUI in Colorado in 2013 to date. Please remember that your best defense against a drunk driver is your seat belt, so be sure to please buckle up.

According to the AAA Colorado, automobile travel is at its highest volume during the year-end holidays.  Higher traffic areas in Colorado include Interstate 25 and the I-70 corridors, where travel is expected to be heavier than normal throughout the day and evenings.

Heavy traffic is anticipated on Interstate 70, west of Denver. Traffic counts for November 2013 through the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels were up 28,840 vehicles from November 2012. 782,421 total vehicles used the tunnels during November of this year and higher than normal numbers are anticipated over the next several weeks. Motorists are asked to allow for extra travel time when using these busy roads and to use caution.

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