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I-70 closure leads to traffic backups on detour route

CDOT closure to last until 5 AM Monday
Posted: 12:26 AM, Apr 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-14 12:07:27-04
Aerial view of flyover construction zone

DENVER -- The weekend closure of I-70 between I-270 and Colorado Boulevard lead to a few frayed nerves Saturday.

Drivers trying to get from one side of the metro to the other were told to use I-270 as a detour.

"It was really crowded," said Alyssa Jordan. "It took me a really long time to get where I was going."

Jordan was trying to get to the Harkins Theater in Northfield Stapleton.

"It should have been a 20 minute trip," she said, "but it took me about 40 minutes to get here. I almost missed my movie."

Aziz Hima and his friends drove the long way around to get from Colorado Boulevard to Quebec Street, so they could eat at Red Lobster.

"It's my birthday today," Hima said.

When asked if they were frustrated by the long drive, Hima replied, "No, not frustrated. We were talking during the wait. It made it go faster, but it usually isn't this bad."

CDOT shut down that section of I-70 so crews can install girders for a new flyover.

Aerial view of flyover construction zone
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The closure will remain in effect until 5 a.m. Monday.

While some motorists spent much more time on the highway than they thought they would, others were surprised at how easy their trip was.

"We didn't get stuck on any detour," said Dineen Bodle. "We read the signs, and we took all the back routes."