MLK weekend kicks off Interstate 70 traffic madness |

MLK weekend kicks off Interstate 70 traffic madness

Daily News staff report

State transportation officials are expecting heavy traffic on Interstate 70, particularly in the eastbound direction, today as many holiday weekend travelers return to the Front Range.

“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,” Colorado Department of Transportation regional director Tony DeVito stated in a release. “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 … through the end of March.”

Traffic will likely continue to stack up on I-70 eastbound on Sunday afternoons and over holidays, including Presidents weekend through the end of the ski season.

Last year more than 20,000 vehicles were recorded on the eastbound lanes of I-70 on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and nearly as many were on the road on the holiday itself.

CDOT now offers a smartphone application, CDOT Mobile, that provides up-to-date highway and traffic information, including speeds and travel times, road conditions, accidents and roadwork as well as webcam feeds from the I-70 mountain corridor.

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