Labor Day traffic expected to be slow |

Labor Day traffic expected to be slow

Jane Stebbins

SUMMIT COUNTY – Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials are reminding people to take their time and stagger their travel times for the last high-traffic weekend of the summer.

Heavy Labor Day weekend traffic is expected on westbound Interstate 70 today. Steady traffic is expected through the weekend, and the heaviest may be on eastbound I-70 between Summit County and Denver.

“We’re advising people to vary their travel times, either by heading back early on Monday or by taking that eastbound trip in the early evening,” said Eisenhower Tunnel supervisor Mike Salamon. “The heaviest traffic will be on Monday afternoon.”

Historically, no vehicle-number records have ever been set over the Labor Day weekend, although two hourly records have been.

The fourth highest hourly count for vehicles in both directions was on Sept. 4, 1995, when 4,286 vehicles passed through the tunnel between 2 and 3 p.m. The fourth highest hourly count for eastbound traffic was recorded between 12 and 1 p.m. Sept. 1, 1997.

Over the four-day Labor Day weekend last year – including Friday – 166,633 vehicles went through the tunnel, with 42,041 on Labor Day itself.

Highway construction project work was to be suspended throughout the state in high-traffic areas by noon today. The only exception will be for emergency operations.

CDOT also expects Interstate 25 in the Denver metro area to be busy as numerous events are scheduled to take place at Invesco and Coors fields, Civic Center Park and the Auraria Campus.

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