Record number of people to hit the highways for Independence Day

Posted at 5:54 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 07:54:20-04

If you’re planning on traveling for the Fourth of July, one thing is certain this year, you’re not going to be alone on your travels. 

Triple A says roughly 810-thousand Coloradans are expected to travel 50-miles or more for the holiday. In fact, travel experts are calling today, "Terrible Tuesday."

CDOT officials estimate traffic counts will be high, but not as high as if the holiday were to fall on a weekend. With July 4th, falling on Wednesday, they’re expecting to see a significant jump in traffic before and after the actual holiday.  

Heavy traffic is expected throughout the state, but it’s expected to be the heaviest along I-25 and on I-70 through the mountain corridor.

In an effort to cut down on delays, All CDOT construction stops at noon on Tuesday and doesn’t resume until 8:30 a.m.Thursday morning.

Due to wildfires across the state, officials are warning drivers highways can close at any time to facilitate firefighting activities and evacuations or for other public safety reasons.