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January 12, 2017

Big Weekend Anticipated!

The mountains are experiencing historic snowfall and skiers are going to want a piece of it this weekend. Throw in the MLK holiday and the potential for more snow, and you will want to be strategic with your I-70 travel this weekend!  

GoI70.com is here to help, so below is what you can expect for I-70 travel:

Friday WB - Slowing is possible from about 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Snow is forecasted for west of Eisenhower Tunnel.

Saturday WB - Heavy traffic is likely from 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with the peak occurring right around 8:00 a.m.  Last year, this traffic added one hour to the travel time from Denver to Silverthorne.

Saturday EB- Traffic is possible between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., but if the Mountain Express Lane opens, delays shouldn’t be too significant.

Sunday WB - Sunday morning WB traffic is typically much lighter than Saturday morning, but plan for traffic between 7:00 and 11:00 a.m.  Last year, there were 40 minute delays around 8:00 a.m.

Sunday EB – Snow is forecasted for the I-70 corridor from the foothills to Vail, so plan for a longer trip.  It is best to avoid the 1:30-7:00 p.m. timeframe and check CoTrip.org before you travel.  

Monday, MLK Holiday, WB – Last year, traffic volume resulted in 30 extra minutes travel time between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Monday, MLK Holiday, EB- This day will offer up the typical Sunday traffic pattern and last year there were 40 minute delays.  Expect lots of company on the road, and avoid the 1:30-7:00 p.m. timeframe. Check CoTrip.org before you travel.  

*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.

January 6, 2017

Resorts Reward Carpooling

Most I-70 corridor ski areas offer incentives for their guests to rideshare.  Arapahoe Basin will discount your lift ticket, Copper Mountain and Keystone will give you close-in free parking, and Breckenridge will reduce your parking fee.  Check out all the carpool parking details here.   The Dinosaur Lots at I-70 and the Morrison Exit are THE Front Range meet up spot for skier carpools.  Learn more about the Dinosaur Lots here.

Weekend Travel Forecast
The weather should be dry through Saturday and some snow is expected on Sunday.  Based on this same weekend in recent years, here is what you might expect for traffic patterns this weekend.

Friday WB – There was no traffic congestion on this day over the last three years. 

Saturday WB – As is the typical pattern, traffic will build very quickly starting at 6:00 a.m., be at its heaviest around 8:00 a.m. and will last until Noon.   Last year on this Saturday, heavy traffic caused an additional one hour of travel time.   

Sunday WB - Sunday morning WB traffic is typically lighter than Saturday morning.  There were no delays on this day last year.

Saturday EB- Traffic might build around 2:30 p.m. but delays should be minimal if they occur at all. 

Sunday EB –The past three years, this Sunday saw very minimal delays but snow is in the forecast for the area west of the Eisenhower Tunnel.  It is best to avoid the 2:00 pm-6:00 pm timeframe and check CoTrip.org or CDOT’s app before you travel.  

*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.

There will be lots of travelers on I-70 this week! Snow is in the forecast for Monday and most of that week, so check Cotrip.org before you travel. 

Saturday, Dec 31- Be prepared for moderate to heavy traffic in BOTH westbound and eastbound directions today.  Last year moderate westbound, traffic started at 2 p.m. and increased up until 9 p.m.  Last year eastbound, delays began at Noon and steadily increased until 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan 1- This will be a big travel day.   Anticipate westbound slowing up until Noon, and eastbound delays could begin by 1:00 and continue through early evening. 

Monday, Jan 2- This could be a very big travel day, and snow is in the forecast which throws a wild card into mountain travel.  Westbound traffic is possible from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Eastbound traffic is possible from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 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.

Happy Holidays from GoI70.com!


 

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