Denver Public Works has about 50,000 reasons why motorists should give serious thought to Wednesday's metro commute.

That is the number of cars expected to be diverted onto the Santa Fe Drive-Hampden Avenue detour between 5 - 10 p.m. when Interstate 25 is closed for the presidential debate at the University of Denver.

That figure is more than double the amount of traffic normally traveling I-25 between Santa Fe and Hampden daily, Denver Public Works spokeswoman Emily Williams said.

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