More traffic anticipated for Thanksgiving week

DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is reminding drivers to expect heavier than normal traffic for the next few days as people travel for Thanksgiving and visit the larger shopping areas following the holiday.
“We’re wishing all Coloradans a happy and safe Thanksgiving week,” said CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis.  “Since a lot of people will be traveling the state’s roadways, we’ll be doing our part to reduce traffic impacts this week.”   
            CDOT construction projects will be suspended statewide on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon.  Projects will resume their regular schedules on Monday, Nov. 26. 
            Traffic on Interstate 70 west from Denver typically increases on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, with westbound traffic expected to be heavier than normal on Wednesday and Friday.  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. 
            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 on or near the corridor.
            Thanksgiving generally is not one of the higher holiday travel weekends.  Last year’s vehicles counts at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels:
2017
Westbound
Eastbound
Total
Wednesday, Nov. 22
25,710
18,503
44,213
Thursday, Nov. 23
15,538
11,570
27,108
Friday, Nov. 24
20,396
17,728
38,124
Saturday, Nov. 25
17,691
24,976
42,667
Sunday, Nov. 26
16,266
25,844
42,110
Total
95,601
98,621
194,222
           
Road conditions can change quickly at this time of year.  Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by going to www.cotrip.org.