I-70 News

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October is upon us and with October comes unpredictable mountain driving conditions.  It is time to prepare for driving in the snow and one of the most important pieces of equipment on our vehicles is our tires.   Consider that while driving, twenty square inches is all that is holding your tire one the road and keeping your vehicle going the direction you want it to go.  Every winter, the Colorado State Patrol see crashes where having inadequate tires for the road conditions either is the primary reason for the crash or a large contributor to it.

What makes a tire inadequate?  Colorado Revised Statute says a tire is unsafe or illegal if it has:

(I) Any bump, bulge, or knot affecting the tire structure;

(II) A break which exposes a tire body cord or is repaired with a boot or patch;

(III) A tread depth of less than two thirty-seconds of an inch measured in any two tread grooves at three locations equally spaced around the circumference of the tire, or, on those tires with tread wear indicators, a tire shall be considered unsafe if it is worn to the point that the tread wear indicators contact the road in any two-tread grooves at three locations equally spaced around the circumference of the tire; except that this subparagraph (III) shall not apply to tires on a commercial vehicle as such term is defined in section 42-4-235 (1) (a).

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A brand new tire (pictured at left) has a tire tread depth of 11/32.   Such a tire has almost six times the amount of traction, cooling, and water displacement than that of a tire  considered inadequate - less than 2/32" tread (pictured at right.)  How are your tires looking?


Weekend Travel Forecast
Weekend traffic on I-70 is unlikely for the next several weeks and weekend weather is expected to be dry.  Here is what you might expect this weekend:

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No congestion-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.

In order to keep I-70 travelers informed about the I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane (PPSL) project and other active construction projects in the I-70 Mountain Corridor, you are invited to join a corridor-wide Telephone Town Hall by calling (720) 460-0696 on Oct. 15, 2014 at 7p.m. Participants will have numerous opportunities to ask questions and hear from CDOT and key project representatives.

The Eastbound I-70 Peak Period Shoulder Lane (PPSL) project is part of CDOT’s comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor.  The PPSL project will provide eastbound operational improvements to relieve traffic congestion during periods when traffic volumes are highest.  This $72 million dollar investment is expected to save motorists an average of 30 minutes in travel time.  Construction of the 13 mile upgrade, between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs, is slated for completion by fall 2015.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Traffic due to volume is unlikely for the next several weeks, but weather could have an impact on travel.  Here is what you might expect this weekend:

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.  There is a chance of rain and snow showers so be sure your car is ready for winter conditions.

Saturday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated, but the weather could be a travel factor on Sunday.  There is a chance of rain and snow showers, so be prepared for winter driving conditions!

*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 snow guns firing up at ski areas along the I-70 Corridor, we know that ski season is just around the corner.  Time to purchase those ski passes and tune up the skis and boards!  We are expecting a sunny weekend in the high country so come on up and enjoy the beautiful fall colors.

Weekend Travel Forecast

Weekend traffic on I-70 is mostly a thing of the past for several weeks now.  Here is what you might expect this weekend:

Friday WB:  No delays are anticipated with the exception of some minor slowing around the Twin Tunnels during the evening hours. 

Saturday WB:  There might be minimal congestion from late morning to early afternoon around the Twin Tunnels.

Saturday EB: No delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No delays are anticipated.

Have a great 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.