Denver prepares for interstate closures, detours during DNC convention

| 8/20/2008

The Democratic National Convention will cause several traffic issues in downtown Denver later this month, including the complete closure of Interstate 25 for several hours on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Convention organizers say a 5.5-mile stretch of I-25 will be closed for security reasons during Barack Obama’s planned speech at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. The interstate, which runs directly past the stadium, will close at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 and remain shut down until the night’s events conclude.

In addition to the Aug. 28 complete closure, truckers who haul the type of hazmat that’s restricted to designated hazmat routes will be detoured around downtown Denver – except for local pickup and delivery.

The convention will be under way in the downtown area Aug. 25-28.

Click here for details about specific detour routes and a map showing them.

Interstate 25 is Colorado’s busiest north-south freeway. The closure will begin at Sixth Avenue and end at the Interstate 70 interchange, otherwise known as “The Mousetrap.”