I-70 News

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I-70 travelers frequently complain about vehicles in the left lane that, despite a long line of traffic behind them, don’t move over to the right.  So is utilizing the left lane for passing only an issue of etiquette or law?  It is the law.

Since 2004, Colorado has had a Left Lane Law that states: “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed limit is sixty-five miles per hour or more unless such person is passing other motor vehicles that are in a non-passing lane or turning left, or unless the volume of traffic does not permit the motor vehicle to safely merge into a non-passing lane.”

Some believe that if they are going the speed limit they have the right to cruise in the left lane, but in their Left Lane Law brochure, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) states that “it is the exclusive responsibility of law enforcement officers to initiate appropriate enforcement action.” According to CSP, “By mitigating traffic flow conflicts caused by slower drivers, bouts of aggressive driving would likely be reduced.  The Patrol believes the Left Lane Law achieves the appropriate balance between public safety and optimizing traffic flow on Colorado highways.”  

Weekend Travel Forecast
The last weekend of July is typically a busy one on I-70, so plan accordingly!

Friday WB – Expect heavy traffic around the Floyd Hill/Twin Tunnels area from about 11:00 a.m. and possibly as late as 9:00 p.m.

Saturday WB – Traffic will likely be heavy from about 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.

Saturday EB- Based on traffic data from this Saturday last year, no delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB – Based on last year, you will want to avoid the 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. timeframe!! The heaviest traffic on this Sunday last year (up to 70 minute delays) occurred between Noon and 4:00 p.m. 

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking CDOT’s mobile app, and wait out traffic with one of GoI70.com’s Peak Time Deals!

*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.

U.S. Travel and Building America’s Future have partnered to create an app that will allow travelers to make their voices heard by Congress.  The app, I’m Stuck, allows those concerned about America’s transportation system to directly share their concerns to their U.S. Representative or Senator from their smartphone.  Whether you want more lanes on I-70 or would like to see a high speed transit system along the corridor, let your elected officials hear from you!

Weekend Travel Forecast
Friday WB – Expect some heavy traffic around the Floyd Hill/Twin Tunnels area from about 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Saturday WB – Traffic is likely to be thick from about 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.

Saturday EB- No delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB – Last year, traffic peaked with a 45 minute delay around 2:00 p.m.  Although this is not one of the biggest traffic volume weekends of the summer, your best bet is to avoid the interstate between Noon and 7:00 p.m.

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking CDOT’s mobile app, and wait out traffic with one of GoI70.com’s Peak Time Deals!

*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.

July 15, 2014

Driving Skills for Life

Does your teen have the skills they need to drive I-70 safely?  The award winning Driving Skills for Life is coming to Denver on July 22 and 23. This is a FREE driving intensive program for teen drivers focusing on driving skills and hazards that teens typically don’t get in a regular driver training program.  Learn more and register at www.drivingskillsforlife.com  Let’s give our young drivers the skills and education needed to travel the I-70 mountain corridor!