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May 25, 2016

Summer-Yes, Traffic-No

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, but fortunately NOT the beginning of I-70 summer congestion. Memorial Day weekend traffic on the I-70 mountain corridor is typically spread out enough that volume and congestion should not be much of an issue.  Eastbound afternoon delays typically don’t rear their ugly heads until we get into June.  To play it safe, if you travel eastbound on Sunday and Monday, don't jump on I-70 until after 6:00 p.m.

As you plan summer trips that take you through the I-70 mountain corridor, click here to learn the typical summer traffic pattern and plan to avoid the peak travel times.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Lake Dilllon

Traffic due to volume shouldn’t be an issue this weekend.  The weather is expected to be nice- partly cloudy and a chance of rain showers Friday and Sunday afternoons.  Enjoy the 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.

Colorado U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, along with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) celebrated the completion of the Fire Suppression System for the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels (EJMT) last week.  The system, installed over both tunnel bores during the past year, is not designed to completely extinguish a vehicle fire but rather provide the critical time that is needed for first responders to safely approach the scene and take action. 

 

The EJMT is celebrating its 43rd year without a fatality occurring inside it. Close calls have transpired and fires – primarily vehicle – do take place.  Because of this, CDOT has first responders and firefighting equipment at the EJMT complex. 

“If we had to close down either one of those tunnel for an extensive period of time due to fire damage, it would have a big impact on the state’s economy since this is the primary connection point between eastern and western Colorado,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt.  “In addition, having this system in place helps protect a critical feature of Colorado’s and the nation’s transportation infrastructure.” 

Funding for the $25 million system was initiated in 2013 when the Legislature established the Petroleum Cleanup and Redevelopment Fund within the Division of Oil and Public Safety, a part of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).  The legislation included $5 million of the critical seed money for the project, and the balance of the funding came from a federal TIGER Grant, and CDOT’s budget. 

Weekend Travel Forecast
No delays are anticipated on the I-70 mountain corridor this weekend.  Warm, sunny weather is in the forecast.

*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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