I am a perpetually check Google Maps before I leave any location. I will ask my step-sons to check the route to see if there is a better one before us. I want to see if the traffic is moving (or not). Is the route I like to take all “red” with congestion? Is there a better way to go? Should I stay at work a little longer and wait for the traffic to die down? I am sure you may be thinking…I live in Chicago and I use public transit. I just walk to the CTA bus or train and hunker down into a good book, podcast or people watching and zone out. Well, depending on where you live and work, public transportation may not be a viable option for you.
We have 2 major highways in the Denver Metro area, I-70 (runs East and West) and I-25 (runs North and South). They can be quite a nightmare especially with construction! The Colorado Department of Transportation has several popular projects they are working on and will start to work on in 2018. One of my favorite is the Central 70 Project. This project is between I-25 and Chambers Road and will remove the 53-year old viaduct. CDOT’s site states that the viaduct carries upward of 200,000 vehicles per day. There will be a lot of changes, so to keep on top of it you can:
- check CDOT’s lane closures with this map,
- subscribe to all project Alerts via email or text (this will sign you up for travel alerts, news and much more), or
- One of my favorite functions on CDOT’s site: the COTrip, an interactive map that provides live feeds of the condition of the roads and traffic.
Another important part of Denver’s roads is the City and County of Denver’s Public Works Department provides services involving the public infrastructure (transportation, street maintenance, planning and construction and many more services). Road impartments are discussed often. Are the roads needing to be repaved? Does the CCD need to acquire land owner’s property to widen streets? CCD has a Downtown Paving Work Program that has identified streets that will be repaved in 2018. If you have any questions on a program, need to request a repair or need to report a problem you can call 3-1-1.
For more information, check out our blog post by Bethany Candelaria “Everything you need to know about Denver Traffic.”
By knowing some of the Colorado Department of Transportation and City and County of Denver’s Public Works Department transportation projects, you will be zipping down I-25 stress free.