CDOT cautions drivers about holiday traffic
November 21, 2012
The Colorado Department of Transportation reminded drivers in a news release Wednesday to anticipate heavier than normal traffic through the weekend as people travel for Thanksgiving and crowd the larger shopping areas.
"We wish all Coloradoans a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend," CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt said in the release. "We're doing what we can to minimize traffic impacts since we know there's going to be a lot of people out traveling the state's highways the next five days."
To reduce potential delays, most CDOT construction projects were suspended statewide Wednesday afternoon. Projects will resume their regular schedules on Monday, November 26, though projects located in rural or low-traffic areas may be operating Friday, according to the release.
Traffic on Interstate 70 west typically increases on Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, with westbound traffic expected to be heavier than normal through Friday, primarily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Heavier than normal traffic should be anticipated on eastbound I-70 Saturday and Sunday, especially between Vail and the Denver area from late morning until late afternoon, the release stated.
I-25 traffic also is expected to be higher than normal along the Front Range this weekend, especially due to the number of large shopping areas located near the corridor.
Colorado highway information is available at all times on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511.
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