DENVER (CBS4) – Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that there will be a major shutdown of Interstate 25 in a week during the presidential debate at the University of Denver.

A six mile stretch of the highway — both directions — will be closed on Oct. 3 from about 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The closure will stretch from the Santa Fe Drive interchange to the Hampden Avenue.

“That’s right at the heart of rush hour,” CBS4 Traffic Specialist Joel Hillan said. “It may happen sooner than 5 p.m. and it may stay closed later than 10 p.m. CDOT is saying this is a tentative plan.”

Officials with CDOT shared the following alternative routes in a news release:

For southbound I-25 traffic passing through the city:

I-25 to Santa Fe Drive (US 85): Continue south on Santa Fe Drive to Hampden Avenue and travel east/north on Hampden to I-25 (posted detour route) OR Continue south on Santa Fe to C-470 and travel east to I-25

I-25 to I-70: West on I-70, connect to C-470 and travel south to I-25 OR East on I-70, connect to I-225 and travel south to I-25

For northbound I-25 traffic passing through the city:

I-25 to Hampden Avenue: Go west to Santa Fe Drive (US 85) and travel north to I-25 (posted detour route)

I-25 to I-225: North on I-225 to I-70, then west to I-270 or I-25

The following arterial streets are recommended if you prefer to travel on other roadways:

For east/west travel: 6th Avenue, Alameda Avenue, Yale Avenue

For north/south travel: State Highway (SH) 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard), SH 95 (Sheridan Boulevard), SH 88 (Federal Boulevard), Broadway, SH 2 (Colorado Boulevard), Monaco Parkway

To avoid the entire area, these routes provide additional options:

Southbound I-25 alternate routes: I-76 east to I-270 to I-70 to I-225 (preferred), I-70 east to I-225 (preferred), E-470 to I-70 or I-25 (tollway)

Northbound I-25 alternate routes: C-470 west to I-70 (preferred), I-225 to I-70 (preferred), E-470 to I-70 or I-25 (tollway)

University Boulevard is not a recommended route on debate day as it will be closed in sections at various times. Also, beginning at approximately 6 p.m. on October 2, Buchtel Boulevard will be closed from Franklin Street to University Boulevard with local eastbound access to High Street.

The RTD light rail will run during the presidential debate.



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