A traffic camera shows the congestion on I-70 early Sunday.
A traffic camera shows the congestion on I-70 early Sunday. (Colorado DOT)

Heavy traffic and delays of an hour or more slowed holiday motorist Sunday afternoon heading home from the mountains on eastbound Interstate 70.

Delays stretched into the early evening Sunday, but by 5 p.m. traffic flows appeared to return to normal and warnings about long delays were removed from the Colorado Department of Transportation's website.

Traffic along eastbound I-70 began slowing as early as 7 a.m., and from 9 to 10 a.m. 2,662 vehicles traveled through the eastbound lanes of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel.

Between 11 a.m. and noon, over 11,500 vehicles traveled through the east lanes of the tunnel.

Heavy traffic caused delays on eastbound I-70 between Silverthorne and C-470. The slowest stretches were between Georgetown and the U.S. 40 exit, and approaching the tunnel.

In Denver, I-70 eastbound was closed at Federal Boulevard at 2:15 p.m. because of a woman found dead on the highway. The highway was re-opened around 6 p.m.

Delays congested northbound traffic on Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs and Larkspur.

To check the latest travel times visit: www.cotrip.org/home.htm

Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@denverpost.com or twitter.com/jesseapaul