Heavy Summer traffic expected South of Denver… CDOT Advises Drivers to Plan Ahead This Weekend

Information courtesy of CDOT

The good news, from boating to hiking to festivals, Coloradans have lots of options for Summer fun this weekend. The bad news, heavy traffic can slow you down.

CDOT is advising drivers to give themselves extra time if they are traveling on Interstate 25 between the Denver area and Colorado Springs this summer due to the festivals, events, and other recreational activities in the southern part of the state.

Traffic is expected to be at its heaviest on southbound I-25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and northbound from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Don’t let traffic hamper your plans. Plan ahead and be safe:

  • Know road conditions and check traffic cameras by logging onto CDOT’s traveler information site at www.cotrip.org
  • Call 511 from anywhere in the state to get the latest information about road conditions
  • Sign up to receive wireless text alerts and/or e-mails about road conditions on the website, www.codot.gov
  • Follow CDOT on FaceBook and Twitter, check the hashtag #I-25COSDEN for the latest news along the corridor
  • Be Safe and Know the law. The Move-It Law requires drivers involved in minor accidents on interstates to immediately move their vehicle out of traffic to a safe location.  The insurance industry also encourages compliance with the Move It law, reassuring drivers there will still be a full investigation of the crash to determine fault.
  • The recently passed Move Over for Cody Act requires drivers to move over and/or slow down when approaching stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles. The law stipulates that failing to move over carries the possibility of 12 to 18 months in jail and a fine up to $5,000.  The new law is named for Colorado State Patrol Trooper Cody Donahue, who was killed in 2016 when a tractor-trailer driver drifted onto the shoulder and hit Donahue while he was outside his cruiser responding to another crash.

The I-25 South corridor from Lone Tree to Monument is the subject of Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study currently to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this critical stretch of highway, connecting the state’s two largest cities. The PEL was initiated in advance of having any funding secured for construction. This approach allows CDOT to accelerate the environmental analyses required when construction funds are identified.  More information is available at: www.codot.gov/projects/I25COSDEN

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