CDOT forecasts heavy traffic week ahead |

CDOT forecasts heavy traffic week ahead

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to anticipate heavy traffic in many areas of the state during the Fourth of July week.

“This is traditionally the beginning of the busy summer traffic season. The snow is all gone, the children are out of school and vacation travel is building,” said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt. “With the July 4th holiday falling in the middle of the week, we’re expecting to see a significant jump in traffic not only before but after the actual holiday so people should make their travel plans accordingly.”

To reduce potential delays, all CDOT construction projects will be suspended statewide on Wednesday. 

Most projects will continue operating Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; others will be suspended all week. 

The only exception is for emergency operations.

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

The 2011 Fourth of July weekend traffic count at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels was 203,886 both eastbound and westbound during the fourth of July holiday, Saturday, July 2 – Tuesday, July 5.

However, since Independence Day is Wednesday this year, traffic counts are anticipated to be higher than normal, but lower than when the 4th includes a weekend.

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, according to CDOT.

Additional information regarding fire bans and fireworks restrictions is available at

Information regarding the opening and closing of the state’s highways is available at all times on the website or by calling 511. 

Free updates also are offered via text and e-mail. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and Facebook at


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