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January 22, 2015

Mountain Travel Radio!

The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a new audio program, called I-70 Mountain Travel Radio.  This live streaming radio program will provide the most accurate and up-to-date I-70 weekend traffic and road condition information, as well as winter safe driving tips, alternative transportation options and highlight GoI70.com’s Peak Time Deals.  Mountain travelers can listen in every Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the winter.  To tune in, look for the Mountain Travel Radio button on GoI70.com, CoTrip.org and the CDOT Mobile app  This is just one more real-time information resource for I-70 travelers!

The weekend travel forecast:

Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 4:00-8:00 p.m., especially in the Floyd Hill to Dumont area.

Saturday WB - Moderate to heavy traffic is likely from 6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with the peak around 8:00 a.m.  Last year the traffic resulted in an extra 45 minutes of travel time between C-470 and Frisco.

Saturday EB- Light traffic is likely to build around 3:00 pm and peak around 5:00 pm. 

Sunday WB – Very light traffic might occur between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Sunday EB – Very heavy traffic is expected, but can be avoided by Changing Your Peak Drive!  Based on this same Sunday last year, traffic had developed by Noon, there were up to 1 hour delays between 1:00 and 4:00 pm.  At 6:00 pm there were still 30 minute delays and traffic had dissipated by 8:30 pm.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

With just a little planning, I-70 traffic should be avoidable this holiday weekend!  Here are some valuable travel tips:

  • Travel at off peak times!  Learn the best and worst times to travel before you hit the road-details below.   Quick Tip:  On a three day holiday weekend, Sunday is usually the best day to travel I-70.
  • Look before you drive!  Check the real time road info at Cotrip.org or CDOT app before you head towards I-70.
  • Stay later into the day and take advantage of a great deal on dining, shopping and activities.  Click www.GoI70.com/deals to see all of your options!  
  • Mountain Travel Radio is a brand new resource for the I-70 traveler and it is debuting this weekend.  Access it via the CDOT app or CoTrip, and tune in Saturday and Sunday from 6:00-9:00 a.m. and 2:30-6:00 p.m. for real-time information on traffic, road closures, safety tips and more.  

DETAILED FORECAST

Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 5:00-9:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB - Moderate to heavy traffic is likely from 6:30 a.m.-Noon, with the peak occurring around 8:00 a.m.  Leave the Denver area before 6:30 a.m. if you want a delay free trip!  There is a 30% chance of snow in the morning, with sunshine likely later in the day.  Otherwise, the weather should be mild and sunny all weekend.

Sunday WB - Light traffic might occur between 7:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Monday WB – Light traffic is possible between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Saturday EB- Expect traffic to build as early as Noon, with delays at their highest around 4:00-5:00 p.m. Plan to leave after 7:00 p.m. to avoid the rush.

Sunday EB – On three day holiday weekends, Sunday is typically the best day to travel I-70.  Based on this same weekend last year, traffic might build around 2:00 p.m., peak between 4:00-5:00 and drop off by 7:00 pm.    

Monday EB - This is bound to be a big travel day, so plan to avoid the peak travel times!  In recent years, there was a light morning rush of traffic 8:00-11:00 a.m., and then another wave of heavy traffic between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Your best bet is to check the CDOT app or CoTrip.org to learn what is happening on the road.    

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

January 8, 2015

Resorts Reward Carpooling!

Whether you get your own group together, or organize it through SkiCarpool.org, many ski areas along I-70 will reward you for carpooling.  Arapahoe Basin will discount your lift ticket, Copper and Keystone will give you close-in free parking, and Breckenridge will reduce your parking fee.  Check out details on all things related to I-70 carpooling here

Weekend Travel Forecast
The weather should be dry through Saturday and some snow is expected on Sunday.  Based on this same weekend in recent years, here is what you might expect for traffic patterns this weekend.

Friday WB - Light traffic is possible from about 4:00-8:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB - Moderate to heavy traffic is likely from 6:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. with the peak around 8:00 a.m. 

Sunday WB - Sunday morning WB traffic is typically lighter than Saturday morning, but some light traffic might occur between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Saturday EB-  Traffic might build around 2:00 p.m. but delays should be minimal if they occur at all. 

Sunday EB –The past two years , this Sunday saw very minimal delays, but with snow in the forecast that could change. And, given the afternoon Bronco game, traffic might build as soon as 10 a.m.  It is best to avoid the 10:00 am-7:00 pm timeframe, and check CoTrip.org or CDOT’s app before you travel.

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.


 

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