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September 22, 2016

Peak Colors & Travel Forecast

This is the weekend to catch the peak leaf colors!   This could also be the first weekend of wintery driving conditions.  Snow is possible at the higher elevations such as Loveland Pass and up at the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel.  Have you done the quarter test on your tires recently?

Friday WB –Delays are possible between Noon and 5:30 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.

Saturday WB – Last year there were delays in the Floyd Hill area during the 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. timeframe, with a peak delay of 25 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Saturday EB – No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound slowing could begin around Noon and continue until approximately 8:00 p.m. On this Sunday last year there were 55 minutes of delay between 3:00-6:00 p.m., but the new Mountain Express Lane should result in improved travel times.

*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.

September 15, 2016

Fall Travel Forecast

Fall Color

 In our opinion, the coming weeks are some of the best times  to visit the Colorado Mountains.  The weather is still great, the  aspens are turning, and I-70 traffic is not much of a factor.    There are still some times you want to avoid, so travel off-  peak and enjoy a delay-free trip on I-70!

 


  Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB – Traffic is possible between 3:00-7:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area. 

Saturday WB – Traffic could be thick between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs for those heading up to the mountains between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  There might be up to 20 minutes delay time, with peak traffic occurring right around noon.

Saturday EB - No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound congestion will likely be a factor from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the peak delays occurring between 2:00-5:00 p.m.  The last two years saw peak delays of 40-55 minutes. The new Mountain Express Lane will very likely reduce those delays, but avoid the 2:00-5:00 timeframe if possible.

Check out the GoI70.com Peak Time Deals for an excuse to stay late and save!

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

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is increasing its bus service on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.  Beginning on Sunday, September 11, Bustang® will begin providing more options and flexibility for travelers by offering supplemental service between Vail and Denver.  Since beginning operations in July 2015, Bustang has exceeded ridership, revenue and fare box recovery projections.

CDOT Director of Transit and Rail Mark Imhoff explains that overflow and increased demand along the West Line through the mountains prompted CDOT’s decision to offer a supplement service. “From the beginning, we’ve taken a step-by-step approach to Bustang, expanding schedules and service as demand dictates.  Our mountain residents are asking for more options, and the ridership supports that. We’ve seen a 103 percent increase between Vail, Frisco and Denver in the past 12 months.”

In addition to the existing Glenwood Springs to Denver daily route, this expansion will provide another round-trip bus that runs daily from Vail to Denver.  The bus will depart Vail at 7:05 a.m., with stops at Frisco (transfer center), Lakewood – Denver Federal Center, and Denver Union Station. Arrives at the Denver Bus Station at 9:30 a.m.  The bus will then depart Denver at 2:35 p.m., with stops at Denver Union Station, Lakewood – Denver Federal Center, and Frisco (transfer center) and arrive in Vail at 5:20 p.m.

Bustang’s climate controlled coaches are equipped with WiFi access, USB outlets, bike racks and restrooms. For more information and a closer look at this new era of transportation, please visit www.ridebustang.com.

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB – Minor slowing is possible from 3:00-6:00 p.m. between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs. 

Saturday WB – Light congestion between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs is possible between 11:00 a.m. and could continue until around 2:00 p.m., but there were no delays on this day last year. Loveland Pass will be closed to Commercial Vehicles all day. This means traffic will be held at the Eisenhower Tunnel at the top of each hour to allow trucks carrying Hazardous Materials through the tunnel. Backups at the tunnel at the top of the hour are likely. There will be additional road closures in the Dillon/Keystone area due to a triathlon.  Check http://scalert.org/latest.php for details.

Saturday EB – No congestion-related traffic is predicted, but Loveland Pass will be closed to Commercial Vehicles all day. This means traffic will be held at the Eisenhower Tunnel at the top of each hour to allow trucks carrying Hazardous Materials through the tunnel. Backups at the tunnel at the top of the hour are likely.  

Sunday EB – Traffic due to volume is expected between 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. On this day in last year, the peak delay was 60+ minutes between Noon and 4:00 p.m.    The  Mountain Express Lane will offer some relief to eastbound travelers.

*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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