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More Traffic Expected for Holiday Weekend

January 18, 2013 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to anticipate heavier than normal traffic this weekend, especially in mountainous areas, as people take advantage of the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

“This is the time of year, we really start seeing the traffic numbers go up, especially on Interstate 70 west of Denver, primarily because more people are taking advantage of Colorado’s wonderful winter outdoor activities,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tony DeVito.  “With the snowiest month ahead of us combined with a few three-day weekends and spring break, motorists can expect significantly more traffic on the mountain highways, not just this weekend, but through the end of March.”

Traffic on I-70 west typically increases on the Friday prior to the MLK weekend, with westbound traffic expected to be heavier than normal today and Saturday and eastbound I-70 traffic heavier on Sunday and Monday.

Last year’s MLK weekend vehicles counts at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels were as follows:

2012

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

Friday, January 13, 2012

23,853

14,699

38,552

Saturday, January 14, 2012

19,566

15,272

34,838

Sunday, January 15, 2012

15,787

21,434

37,221

Monday, January 16, 2012

11,729

19,748

31,477

Total

70,935

71,153

142,088

 

Colorado highway information is available at all times on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511.  Updates also are offered via e-mail.  Please visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell-phone icon in the upper right corner.  The link takes you to a list of subscription items including a list that is specific to travel on the I-70 west corridor during weekends and holidays.

CDOT also has launched a new smartphone application to provide drivers with easier access to I-70 traveler information. It includes travel speeds and times, road conditions, incidents, road work; and feeds from CDOT's closed-circuit television cameras and alerts.  Text CDOT to 25827 or download CDOT Mobile from your App store.

In partnership with CDOT, Radio station KYSL (93.9 FM Summit County; 93.1 Vail & 92.3 Clear Creek County) will be providing frequent traffic reports for the I-70 west corridor during peak hours, approximately 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, throughout the remainder of the ski season. The reports will include road conditions, estimated travel times and up-to-the-minute information on traffic accidents and backups.

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