I-70 News

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December 18, 2014

Carpool with Dinosaurs!

Day skiers looking to meet up with friends or catch a carpool to the mountains often times use the Dinosaur Lots just off I-70 at the Morrison Road exit #259. They are convenient, easy to find and free. Overnight parking is allowed.  Complete info, including and a map, is available at http://goi70.com/carpool-and-parking/ 

The largest of the lots is the Wooly Mammoth and this tends to be where skiers start their carpools to the mountains. This lot is just west of Morrison Road at the intersection of US 40/State Highway 26 and I-70. Head west on I-70 before 6:30 a.m. if you want to avoid traffic!  

Weekend & Holiday Travel Forecast

Light snow is expected all weekend, and becoming heavier Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning.  And snow continues to be in the forecast through Christmas.  The below travel forecast is based on expected traffic volume, but weather and accidents throw in unknown variables.  Call 511 or check the mobile app or CoTrip.org before you travel!

Friday - Light traffic is possible from about 4:00-8:00 p.m. Last year traffic peaked at 7:00 pm with a 20 minute delay.

Saturday – Moderate traffic is possible westbound from 6:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. with the peak around 7:30-8:00 a.m.  Eastbound delays are possible from Noon-8:00 p.m. and in past years have peaked at 10-20 minute delays.

Sunday -No westbound delays are expected. Eastbound traffic will likely build around 2:00 p.m., peak between 5:00-8:00 and drop off soon after 8:00 pmThe peak delay last year was 40 minutes at 6:00 p.m.

Dec 22-24- Expect some company traveling westbound these days between 5:00-8:00 p.m. Historically, delays have been about 20 minutes around 7:00 p.m. on these days.  Eastbound delays should not be significant due to volume, but snow is expected each of these days so be prepared for anything!   

Christmas Day-This is generally a great day to travel I-70.  No volume related delays are anticipated.

*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.

December 11, 2014

State Law Says "Move It"

Colorado’s Move It law REQUIRES motorists involved in minor accidents to move their vehicle out of traffic to a safe location when the vehicle is drivable, no drugs or alcohol are involved and there are no injuries. Traffic accidents – not volume – account for as much as 60 percent of all traffic delays. Most importantly, law enforcement and insurance companies WILL NOT penalize you for moving your car off the road.

I-70 travelers should note that the Twin Tunnel Traffic shift will begin this weekend into early next week, but skier traffic times will be avoided.  Details can be found at the Twin Tunnel Project website at http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70twintunnels and information hotline at 303-327-4034.

Weekend Travel Forecast
The weather is expected to be dry Friday, with a storm moving in Saturday into 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 5:00-9:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB - Expect some traffic between 6:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. with the peak around 7:30-8:00 a.m.  

Sunday WB - Sunday morning WB traffic is typically lighter than Saturday morning. No significant volume-related delays are expected, but weather might be a factor.  The forecast calls for wind Saturday night.

Saturday EB- This weekend last year, there were no Saturday eastbound delays. 

Sunday EB – Based on this same weekend last year, traffic will likely build around 3:00 p.m., peak between 5:00-6:00 and drop off soon after 7:00 pm Light snow could slow traffic, so check the CDOT app or CoTrip.org to learn the status of traffic before you head out.

*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.

The week of December 15, work will begin to ready the newly widened westbound Twin Tunnel for traffic.  According to project contractors, crews will work for about two days straight to put I‐70 traffic back into its regular alignment through the Twin Tunnels. This process involves first moving westbound traffic out of the eastbound lanes of the highway and into the newly constructed tunnel. The second major phase will then involve moving eastbound I‐70 traffic off the detour route around the tunnel and into its regular alignment through the eastbound tunnel bore.

This work will involve various single lane closures in both directions of I‐70 and is scheduled to take place sometime the week of December 15. The exact dates will be determined just prior to that week based on the weather forecast.  There will also be short periods of time when the Central City Parkway on‐ramps to I‐70 need to be closed to move barriers and restripe. During the eastbound phase of the work there might also be a short‐term closure of the east Idaho Springs on‐ramp to eastbound I‐70 while lanes are restriped.

Crews plan to do this work during the week to minimize the impact on ski traffic, and will only do the work that is necessary to safely open all I‐70 lanes in their regular alignment as quickly as possible. This means there will be additional single lane closures along I‐70 in the following weeks to finish various non‐critical activities.  Check back to GoI70.com/news late next week to learn more specific traffic impacts.


Weekend Travel Forecast

Mild weather is expected this weekend.

Friday WB - Light to moderate traffic is possible from about 5:00-9:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB – The last two years saw very minimal delays on this morning, but play it safe and avoid the 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. timeframe. 

Sunday WB - Sunday morning WB traffic is typically lighter than Saturday morning. Minimal to no delays are anticipated.

Saturday EB- Light traffic might build around 2:00 p.m., peak around 4:00-5:00 and drop dramatically after 8:00 p.m. 

Sunday EB - I70 starts to fill up earlier on Sundays, at 1:30 or 2:00 p.m. and drops off soon after 8:00 pm. Barring accidents or weather, 20-30 minute delays might occur, based on historical data.

*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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