A 6-mile long stretch of Interstate 25 will be closed near DU for five hours starting at 5pm for the Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney this coming Wednesday.  Here is a list from CDOT on how you can best avoid the mayhem if you live or work in Denver.

The Presidential debate takes place from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Magness Arena on the University of Denver campus which is very close to the Interstate system.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has provided alternate routes

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)
  • Or you can 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

  • Wadsworth Boulevard
  • Sheridan Boulevard
  • Federal Boulevard
  • Broadway
  • 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)