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Expect Heavy Traffic This Week

July 2, 2018 -


CDOT is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state this week.

"This is traditionally the beginning of the busy summer traffic season. The snow's gone, children are out of school and vacation travel is building," says CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis. "With July 4th falling on Wednesday, 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 at noon on Tuesday, July 3,.  The only exception is for emergency operations.  Work can resume at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5.

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

The traffic counts during last year’s Fourth of July holiday at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels:

2017

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

Saturday, July 1, 2017

33,894

19,575

53,469

Sunday, July 2, 2017

26,665

24,428

51,093

Monday, July 3, 2017

22,201

22,801

45,002

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

14,372

24,086

38,458

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

17,684

27,902

45,586

 

 

Total

114,816

118,792

231,371

However, since Independence Day is Wednesday, traffic counts traditionally are higher than normal but lower than when the Fourth falls on 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.

Information regarding the opening and closing of the state’s highways is available at all times on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511.  Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to "Like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

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