Presidential debate to close 6-mile stretch of I-25

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The Colorado Department of Transportation will close a six-mile stretch of the interstate in both directions from Santa Fe Drive to Hampden Avenue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 3.

The closure is a result of the presidential debate that will be held at the University of Denver that evening.

CDOT says detours will be in place to provide motorists access to neighborhoods and other areas, but delays can be expected throughout the transportation system.

Stacy Stegman, spokesperson for CDOT, says there are a few ways to avoid a long commute on Wednesday. One of those ways she says is planning ahead.

"If people heed the warnings, if they leave work early or travel at other times or take public transportation," Stegman said. "That's going to make it easier on everyone."

The entire light rail system is scheduled to be on its normal weekday schedule.

"Even on light rail we're just saying add a bit of extra time for some delays," Stegman said. "But, we're hoping things go like they did for the DNC. People made good decisions, they traveled at different times. It was slow going but it was manageable."

There are numerous ways for motorists to pass through the city. See maps at

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)


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


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)


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.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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