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Converting “day-trippers” into “overnighters” is one strategy that can result in a reduction of I-70 traffic during peak travel times.  Have you considered staying in the mountains on a Sunday night and leaving early Monday for work or school?  GoI70.com features almost 50 Sunday lodging Peak Time Deals for you to choose from.  Offers range from a $79 Sunday night at the Winter Park Lodge, to 33% off Sunday lodging at Copper Mountain Resort to a free late Sunday check-out at the Antlers in Vail.    See all the offers here! http://goi70.com/deals?dealType=2&dealLoc=0

Share your story of a Sunday overnight at winter.codot.gov/challenge by March 31 for your chance to win lift tickets, restaurant certificates, lodging vouchers and other great prizes through CDOT’s Peak Drive Challenge contest!

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Traffic volume has not been significant on this weekend in past years but to be safe, plan to avoid the peak times outlined below.  The weather is predicted to be sunny and dry along the I-70 mountain corridor.

Friday WB – Little to no congestion is expected. 

Saturday WB – Light to moderate traffic is likely from 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with the peak delays occurring around 8:00 a.m. 

Saturday EB- While the volume of traffic is not expected to be significant, avoid the 2:00-6:00 p.m. timeframe just in case. 

Sunday WB – Traffic volume has not been significant in past years. In fact, there were no delays at all last year on this day.  Still, plan to avoid the 1:00-6:00 p.m. time frame to be safe. 

*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.

A study sponsored by the I-70 Coalition shows that over 90% of frequent I-70 travelers take actions to avoid I-70 congestion.  Do you?  If so, you qualify to enter CDOT’s Peak Drive Challenge.  This contest encourages mountain travelers to share how they’ve improved their winter drive, whether that be checking their tires with the Quarter Test, listening to I-70 Mountain Travel Radio, taking advantage of Peak Time Deals, carpooling and more. 

CDOT wants to recognize everyone who has done their part, and for sharing their story, participants could win amazing prize packages, including lift tickets, new tires, restaurant certificates and lodging vouchers! Head to winter.codot.gov/challenge to submit your story for your chance to win!

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Spring Break is upon us and while I-70 sees lots of volume this time of year, traffic is pretty spread out during the week and weekend.  Traffic volume has not been significant on this weekend in the past three years but to be safe, plan to avoid the peak times outlined below. 

Friday WB – The last three years of traffic data for this day show there were no westbound delays.  There is a 60% chance of precipitation Friday night, so be prepared for winter driving conditions and slower speeds.

Saturday WB- Traffic is likely from 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with peak delays occurring around 8:00 a.m.  Sunny skies are anticipated.

Saturday EB- While the volume of traffic is not expected to be significant, there could be some congestion during the 1:00-6:00 p.m. timeframe. 

Sunday WB – Traffic has not been significant due to volume in the three past years, and last year there were no delays.  Still avoid the Noon-7:00 p.m. timeframe to be safe, and check one of CDOT’s real time info sources before you leave.  Weather should not be a travel factor.

*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.

Just hours after announcing that Amtrak and Winter Park Resort will operate a Winter Park Express excursion train on March 14, the tain sold out.  A second date was added and again, all the 460 tickets were booked within hours.  The train will carry passengers and their ski gear by Amtrak train from Denver Union Station directly to the resort on March 14 and March 15 -- then back to Denver each evening -- in celebration of the resort’s 75th anniversary.  For the round-trip adult rail fare of $75, passengers will avoid I-70 and US-40 and receive a $15 gift voucher for use in resort restaurants and retail stores, with discounted lift tickets available. 

 “Winter Park Resort’s very creation was predicated on the railroad, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate our 75th anniversary with this return of passenger rail service from downtown Denver to the resort’s doorstep,” said Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort President  and COO. “We are excited the Winter Park Express not only provides our guests an alternative to the traffic quagmire on I-70, but also for the potential it represents for rail service in the future.”

The strong response from Denver-area customers, filling two seven-car Amtrak trains carrying more than 450 passengers, will certainly be a consideration by Amtrak and the resort for next ski season.

Weekend Travel Forecast:
The weather forecast is for dry weather all weekend.  You should have bluebird conditions when enjoying all the fresh snow the mountains have been blessed with in recent days!

Friday WB – Light to moderate traffic is possible from 4:00-9:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Moderate to heavy traffic is likely from 6:15 a.m.-Noon.  The peak delays consistently occur right around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.

Saturday EB- Traffic volume is not expected to be significant, but last year there were 10-15 minute delays between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Sunday WB – Traffic is unlikely westbound on Sunday morning.

Sunday EB –Moderate traffic is possible.  Last year on this Sunday there were no delays, but all the fresh snow might bring more folks to the mountains this weekend.  Play it safe and avoid travel between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. 

REMEMBER, traffic metering is possible eastbound on Saturday or Sunday afternoons/evenings which means delays on the Eisenhower Tunnel approach.   Metering is done entirely for safety reasons and is not a congestion management tool.  Metering avoids a situation where traffic would be at a standstill in the tunnel, making emergency services access virtually impossible.

*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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