Hazmat loads rerouted in Denver; I-25 closing Thursday for convention

| 8/25/2008

The Democratic National Convention will cause several traffic issues in downtown Denver this week, 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 Thursday and remain shut down until the night’s events conclude.

In addition to the I-25 closure, truckers who haul the type of hazmat that’s restricted to designated hazmat routes will be detoured around downtown Denver during the convention – except for local pickup and delivery.

The convention is under way in the downtown Denver 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.”