I-70 News

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Expect a big rush of travelers westbound on Friday and Saturday and again eastbound on Monday.  This holiday weekend brings with it one of the last really high traffic weekends on I-70 until the ski season begins, and GoI70 is here to help you avoid the jam!

Friday westbound there will be a burst of early escapees from the Front Range headed west to the mountains around 11:30 a.m.  Last year, traffic peaked at 5:00 p.m. with 80 minute delays.  Expect traffic to taper off by 10:00 p.m.   

Saturday westbound travelers might see some of the heaviest weekend traffic.  Expect congestion from about 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the worst of the delays occurring between Noon and 3:00 p.m.  Last year, delays peaked at 80 minutes.

Saturday eastbound
No delays are expected.

Sunday eastbound & westbound
Sunday will likely be the best day to travel in either direction as far as traffic goes.  No delays are anticipated.

Monday eastbound travelers should be prepared for the classic Sunday traffic pattern. The interstate will move at normal speeds in the early morning  Monday, but eastbound delays will likely begin around 11:00 a.m.  The peak of traffic will occur between 11:30-4:30 p.m. with approximately 1 hour delays occuring in the early afternoon.  The worst of the congestion will be around the Twin Tunnels.  On Labor Day Weekends in recent years, the traffic subsided right around 6:00 p.m. 

Before you jump on I-70, see what is happening on the road by checking one of CDOT’s many real-time information sources.  If traffic has already begun, Change Your Peak Time and opt to stick around the mountains later into the day.    

Happy Labor Day!

*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.

Overall, this should be a good weekend for mountain travel!  The past two years on this weekend saw very little eastbound traffic.   We believe this is because many folks stayed on the Front Range to watch the US Pro Cycling Challenge.  In addition, many schools have started back up, marking an end to summer travel for many families. 

The Pro Cycling Challenge will have some impacts on Vail Pass on Saturday.  With the Vail Time Trial taking place on Saturday, the right lane of westbound I-70 on Vail Pass will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m.  In addition, the East Vail exit will be closed during this same timeframe.  If you are heading to Vail on Saturday, get an early start or plan for some delays over Vail Pass.

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop in the Floyd Hill area as early as 11:00 a.m., and peak in the early evening.   Congestion should abate soon after 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic this summer between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.  Expect congestion to begin around 10:00 a.m., reach peak delays between 11:30 and 2:00, and end around 4:00 p.m.  As noted above, there are likely to be delays westbound over Vail Pass from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Eastbound Saturday:
On this weekend last year, there were no eastbound delays on Saturday.

Eastbound Sunday:
On this weekend the last two years, there was actually no congestion, but with mountain towns hosting stages of the Pro Cycling Challenge this might there might be more volume this weekend.  Play it safe and avoid the 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. timeframe.

*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.

Plan on the typical weekend travel patterns as noted below.  GoI70.com has lots of new Peak Time Deals, giving you another reason to skip weekend traffic.  Check it out at GoI70.com/deals   

Friday Westbound:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 11:00 a.m. in the Floyd Hill area, and peak in the early evening.   Congestion should abate soon after 8:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic this summer between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.  Expect congestion to begin around 10:00 a.m., reach peak delays between 11:30 and 2:00, and end around 4:00 p.m. 

Eastbound Saturday:
On this weekend last year, there were no eastbound delays on Saturday.

Eastbound Sunday:
Congestion is likely to begin by 11:00 a.m. with peak delays of an hour between 2:30-4:00 and traffic should drop off around 6:00 p.m.

*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.