DENVER (CBS4) – Expect heavy traffic this weekend. That’s the word from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

CDOT is trying to make easier for drivers by suspending all construction projects through the New Year’s weekend.

“We’re doing what we can to minimize traffic impacts since we know there’s going to be a lot of people out traveling the state’s highways this weekend,” said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt in a news release.

Those construction projects will resume their regular schedules overnight Monday or during the day on Tuesday.

If any emergency repairs are needed, those will happen.

CDOT also reminds drivers there will be extra DUI enforcement for the holiday weekend. More than 1,300 drivers have already been arrested for DUI in the state since the holiday season began.

AAA Colorado reports automobile travel is at its highest volume during the year-end holidays. The auto club specifically said to expect heavy traffic along I-25 along the Front Range from Friday evening through Saturday evening. Drivers will also find heavier than normal traffic on I-70 west of Denver through the high country.

For the 2010/2011 New Year’s holiday weekend around 30,000 vehicles passed through the Eisenhower Tunnel on each day from Thursday, December 30 through Sunday, January 2.


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