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Beginning in July 2015, CDOT’s new Bustang service will provide transportation along the I-70 mountain corridor.  The service will include one round trip per weekday between Glenwood Springs and Denver Union Station with stops in Eagle, Vail, Frisco and the Denver Federal Center.  Service will be expanded as the demand increases, including a possibility of weekend service.  Fares, schedules and other details are at https://www.codot.gov/travel/bustang


Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Traffic due to volume shouldn’t be an issue between now and June; however, rain is expected along the entire corridor Friday through Sunday and that could cause some slowing.  Snow is possible at higher elevations on Sunday, so make sure your car is still winter ready!   As always, check one of CDOT’s real time information sources before you jump on I-70 to see if there are construction or weather-related delays.

*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 Colorado State Patrol will be stepping up enforcement this weekend with the goal of zero fatalities and zero tolerance towards dangerous driving behaviors.  The campaign is dubbed "#ZeroZero" and will be statewide. 

"Traffic crashes are still one of the leading causes of death in Colorado and across the country" says Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Patrol.  "It does not matter what the reason is for driving poorly: DUI, distraction, speed; they can be deadly and we are out to combat them all."

Expect to see a higher than normal amount of Troopers on the road.  The focus will be finding those drivers that pose a danger to themselves and others based on observed driving behaviors.  Educating these drivers may be done through enforcement such as warnings, citations, or even jail time.  Pictures and information will be updated continually through the weekend on the CSP Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Traffic due to volume isn’t typical in mid-April, but a few inches of fresh powder could bring out lots of powder-starved skiers! Weather will definitely be the biggest travel factor this weekend. The weather forecast between the Front Range and the Vail Valley is for a rain/snow mix all weekend which could result in very slow speeds. Be prepared for winter driving! As always, check one of CDOT’s real time information sources before you jump on I-70 to see if there are accients, closures or delays. 

*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.

April 9, 2015

I-70 April Cone Zones

If you are a frequent I-70 traveler, consider signing up for CDOT’s GovDelivery texts or emails at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/CODOT/subscriber/new .  This system will provide you with the most detailed and timely I-70 travel information.  

Construction projects to be aware of this month include:

1) Eisenhower Tunnel Fire Suppression System
Starting Monday, April 6, for 20 nights CDOT will be conducting nightly closures of the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels to install a linear heat detection system, part of a larger fire suppression system project. Work will take place during the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each Sunday through Thursday night, with tunnel closures beginning at 10 p.m. each night. Each tunnel bore must be closed while the system is being installed, but CDOT will keep one tunnel open at all times and use pilot cars to escort alternating directions of I-70 traffic through the open tunnel. Traffic will be held for up to 20 minutes, but motorists could experience longer delays as the queues are cleared in each direction.

2) Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project
Construction scheduled to take place in the next few weeks will result in lane closures and occasional detours.  For additional project information, visit www.i70ppsl.com or call 303-223-6581.  Work includes:

  • The phased closures and reconstruction of each of the on-ramps and off-ramps in the SH103 (Exit 240) Idaho Springs interchange. Access across the bridge will be maintained while each ramp is rebuilt.
  • Bridge deck waterproofing and paving work on the SH103 Bridge.
  • Excavation and utility work near the East Idaho Springs (Exit 241) Bridge in preparation for building the new bridge right next to the existing bridge structure. The current bridge will remain open to traffic until the new bridge opens in the fall, and temporary detour ramps will be built to provide access to and from I-70. 

3) Veterans Memorial (formerly the Tunnels Twin Tunnels) Project

Work continues on this project that will result in various lane closures.  For more information on the Twin Tunnels project you can call the project hotline at 303-327-4034.

 

According to CDOT, construction activities are weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change. For current road and weather conditions you can also call 511, text CDOT to 25827 or download the CDOT mobile application to your smartphone from your App store.

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Volume should not be an issue this weekend, and the weather is forecasted to be warm and dry.  Be aware of the construction underway in the Idaho Springs area, and night work at the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnel.  

Friday WB –Traffic volume is not expected to be an issue, but construction delays are a possibility in the Idaho Springs area.

 Saturday WB –Some traffic is possible but unlikely this time of year from 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Saturday EB- No traffic delays are expected due to volume. 

Sunday EB – Congestion is not expected to be an issue. 

*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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