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Road to top of Mount Evans will close after Labor Day

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. — If your summer plans included a trip to the top of Mount Evans, the time to do it is slipping away.

The top five miles of the highway that takes drivers to the summit will close for the season on Sept. 4.

The Colorado Department of Transportation adds that Labor Day weekend is typically the busiest of the year for climbers and those taking the scenic drive to the top.

People are encouraged to go before the last weekend to beat the huge crowds.

On Labor Day weekend, officials warn drivers to expect wait times of at least 30 minutes. The road from Echo Lake to Summit Lake will remain open until Oct. 8, depending on weather conditions.

The road will reopen for the 2019 summer season on the Friday before Memorial Day, weather permitting.