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December 1, 2016

The Law Says Move It!

A crash that takes ten minutes to clear can delay traffic for up to an hour. Colorado’s Move It law requires motorists involved in an accident to move their vehicles off the highway when the vehicle is drivable, no drugs or alcohol are involved, and there are no injuries. Police and insurance companies will not penalize you for moving your car off the road. If you’re in a minor crash with no injuries, do the right thing and Move It!

Weekend Travel Forecast
Other than scattered snow showers later in the day on Friday, the weather should not cause any travel challenges this weekend.

Friday WB – Traffic volume will not be significant, but there is a chance of scattered snow showers east of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Saturday WB – Last year there was congestion from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. with a peak delay of 20 minutes occurring at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday WB - No volume-related delays are expected.

Saturday EB- on this day last year, there were 10 minute eastbound delays between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Sunday EB – Based on the historical data, light traffic might build around 2:30 p.m., peak around 4:00 and drop off by 5:00 pm.  Check CoTrip.org or call 511 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.

November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

Historically, WESTBOUND traffic is spread out during the Thanksgiving holiday week and weekend, but EASTBOUND delays are very possible.  Plan for some winter weather over the next several days.

Westbound I-70

Tuesday WB: Expect construction-related delays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. east of Georgetown due to rock work.  Be prepared for winter driving.

Wednesday WB
:  No volume-related delays are anticipated. 

Thursday WB: This is not a big travel day along the corridor.  Last year there was a 10 minute delay from 6:00-9:00 p.m. 

Friday WB:  Last year this trip took an extra 10 minutes from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday WB:  There wasn’t any morning traffic on this day the last several years, but it is always safest to avoid the 6:30-11:00 a.m. timeframe on any Saturday morning.  

Sunday WB:  No volume-related delays are anticipated, but the forecasted snow west of the Eisenhower Tunnel could impact travel. 

Eastbound I-70

Tuesday EB: Expect construction-related delays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. east of Georgetown due to rock work.

Wednesday EB: Historical data shows a 30 minute delay between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. this evening.

Thursday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated.  No adverse weather is forecasted.

Friday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated. The weather should be sunny and dry.

Saturday EB: Last year, delays peaked at 45 minutes between Noon and 7:00 p.m.  

Sunday EB: Traffic will likely develop in the late morning, and last into the early evening.  Last year, delays peaked at 30 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. but the forecasted snow (west of the Continental Divide only) could result in even slower travel.

Keep an eye on the CoTrip.org for real time road info and Know When To Go.  Happy Thanksgiving!

*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.

November 17, 2016

Revisiting the Traction Law!

The snow is falling in Summit County and the Vail Valley today, so it is an opportune time to review the Traction and Chain Laws.  Last winter, CDOT often implemented two existing laws designed to keep travelers safe and traffic moving — the Traction Law (Code 15) and the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16).  When issued, the Traction Law requires motorists to have snow tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires, regardless of the vehicle, must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.If weather conditions worsen, the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law may go into effect, meaning all vehicles will be required to have tire chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock). Failure to comply with either law, especially if a motorist delays or blocks traffic, may result in a fine ranging from $130-$650.  Although this weekend is anticipated to be dry, the next storm is right around the corner so check those tires!

Weekend Travel Forecast
This weekend’s weather is expected to be sunny and dry.  Snow is falling along the I-70 corridor as of Thursday morning but it is expected to end by Friday morning. 

Friday WB:  No volume-related delays are anticipated, but watch for snowy/icy patches at the higher elevations.

Saturday WB:  There might be some slowing if the new snow attracts lots of Front Range skiers.  Saturday morning westbound traffic typically peaks around 8:00 a.m.

Saturday EB:  No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: 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.


 

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