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Heavy Traffic Expected in Some Areas of the State

December 27, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many parts of Colorado this week and over the New Year’s weekend.

 To reduce potential delays, all CDOT construction projects will be suspended statewide by midday Friday, December 30.  Projects can resume their regular schedules on Tuesday, January 3.  The only exception is for emergency operations.

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 along the Front Range and on I-70, west of Denver, due to increased tourist traffic to and from the resort areas and other mountain locations. 

The daily traffic average (not including weekends) at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels is about 30,000 vehicles.  During the final week of the year, it tends to average around 44,000 vehicles a day. 

 Traffic counts at the EJMT over the 2015/2016 New Year’s weekend:

 

 

 

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

Wednesday

12/30/2015

          23,401

        19,826

     43,227

Thursday

12/31/2015

          22,639

        16,375

     39,014

Friday

1/1/2016

          20,554

        21,459

     42,013

Saturday

1/2/2016

          21,388

        31,127

     52,515

Sunday

1/3/2016

          18,870

        26,616

     45,486

 

 

          106,852

       115,403

   222,255

 

Road conditions can change quickly at this time of year.  Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by going to www.cotrip.org.  Updates also are available via e-mail or text.  Please visitwww.codot.gov and click on the envelope icon in the lower right-hand corner.  The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including I-70 West, Denver to Glenwood Springs and I-25 South, Denver to Colorado Springs.

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