Expect heavy weekend traffic at Eisenhower Tunnel

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GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado transportation officials are reminding drivers to expect heavy traffic along Interstate 70 west of Denver over Presidents Day weekend.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials say westbound traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Friday and Saturday, and eastbound I-70 traffic is expected to be heavier than normal Sunday and Monday, especially between Vail and the Denver area.

Traffic could be especially heavy at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Last year 156,619 vehicles passed through the tunnel over Presidents Day weekend.

CDOT says it may have to hold traffic at the tunnel for up to 20 minutes at a time to clear congestion if the tunnel backs up. The tunnel has no shoulders, and CDOT has to keep traffic moving there so crews can respond in case of emergencies.

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