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Posted: 08/04/12 08:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any locals out there that can give me a little guidance on getting thru Denver on I-25 this Monday morning? We'll be leaving Colorado Springs on our way to the Black Hills and Mt Rushmore.

If I get on I-25 by 0600 and hit the Denver area by 0700....how ugly will it be? Should I wait until 0800 to leave C Springs?

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Posted: 08/04/12 08:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll go out on a limb and say that's probably the worst time.

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Yeah, that's what I am thinking. Getting my 4 women loaded into the truck by 0600 may be a bridge too far. If it were just me, I'd be on the road by 0445.

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From which part of Colorado Springs will you be starting? Just getting through Colorado Springs can be a problem. At 0600 it may be better. But I think it is optimistic to assume that you can get from Colorado Springs to Denver in one hour in the rush hour traffic. Especially if you are leaving from the south end of Colorado Springs.

Once you get to the south end of the metro Denver area there will be a lot of traffic going to the Denver Tech Center area which is just north of the C-470 connection. You can miss some of the central Denver traffic by taking E-470 around the Denver area it is a toll road and will possible be $35.00 to $40.00 depending on what you are driving. If you stay on I-25 then it is just a lot of heavy metro area rush hour traffic.

As far as the difference between 0700 or 0900 in Denver it just depends on how many accidents there are that particular day. Just stay in the right lane as well as you can. Be careful because often there are multiple lanes so the farthest right lane may become a exit lane. Most of the areas are marked fairly well for lanes becoming a exit only lane.

The speed limit through Denver is 55 mph although many drivers don't seem to understand that limit.

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Posted: 08/05/12 01:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would sleep in and leave at 8:30 that will get you through Denver at about 10:30 and to the Black Hills in the late afternoon. The night sbow is the best.

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Presuming no accidents, 9am arrival into Denver is generally OK. As CM mentioned, E470 (toll) or C470 (not toll) are 2 decent options that ALMOST guarantee no traffic, although longer routes. C470 though dead ends at I-70 and forces you to take I-70 East and will rejoin I-25 in about 5 miles. IMHO after residing there 22+ yrs.


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Couple of weeks ago I went through Denver on I-25 southbound about mid day on a Friday pulling small TT. I didn't think the traffic was that bad considering it is a larger town. I set my speed at 50 and never had any problems.


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I commute I-25 daily. I would not stay in the right lane if it is me, move a couple lanes over to the left for less people entering/exiting the highway. If you hit Denver before 630 or after 9 you will miss most of the rush hour traffic. I think the springs is getting to be worse than Denver. (IMO) If you decide to take C-470 around the west side of town, you can grab I-76 and catch up with I-25 north of downtown instead of going through the I-70/I-25 interchange. E-470 around town is another option, but expensive if you are pulling a trailer.


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With technology these days you should be able to get real-time traffic reports and cams too.

Large metro areas are usually pretty good from 10a-2p. Of course night is better unless there's construction.

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Thanks for the input guys. I may just let *****in' Betty (Nav unit) do the work for me and navigate me through Denver. She did a great job in LA a few weeks ago. Still negotiating with the wife - 0600 to her means 0615 is a win. I'm leaning towards a 0800 departure. We'll be leaving from the Air Force Academy so C Springs traffic hopefully should not be too bad regardless of when we leave.

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