A 6-mile long stretch of Interstate 25 will be closed near DU starting at 5PM for the Presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tonight (Wednesday, 10/3).  The closure of I-25 is expected to last about 5 hours. 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)