I-70 News

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August 24, 2016

Summer is Winding Down!

Now that school is back in session, we are seeing lower volumes on the I-70 mountain corridor.  That makes this weekend an excellent time to get in another trip to the high country before we move into Fall.  Avoid the peak travel times outlined below to enjoy a delay-free trip!

 Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Some slowing is possible from 1:00-6:00 p.m., especially in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.

Saturday Westbound: Expect slowing between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., resulting in 20-30 minutes extra travel time.

Eastbound Saturday:
No volume-related delays are expected.

Eastbound Sunday:
The last two years there were only 10 minute delays between Noon and 4:30 p.m. on this last Sunday in August.

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*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.

August 18, 2016

Traffic On the Rise!

Over 1.3 million vehicles used the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels in July 2016. This is 86,732 more vehicles than the same month in 2015. In addition, three July 2016 weekends broke records for the highest ever Friday-Sunday traffic counts.  This data only confirms what many mountain businesses and locals have suspected – this summer is busier than ever!

Weekend Travel Forecast

The past two years on this weekend saw very little eastbound traffic, but we believe that was because many folks stayed on the Front Range to watch the USA Pro Challenge.  In the absence of that event, we could see more volume this weekend than we did in past years. 

Friday Westbound:  Light traffic is possible between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: Plan for congestion during the 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. timeframe

Saturday Eastbound:
No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday Eastbound:
Expect high volumes and delays from Noon to 7:30 p.m.  Based on historical data, travelers might experience 30-45 minutes extra travel time from Silverthorne to C-470 during this timeframe. The worst of the congestion will occur in the mid to late afternoon.

*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.

August 10, 2016

Real Time I-70 Road Info

Preparation is essential for any summertime trip to the Rocky Mountains. Food, water and sunscreen are a few no-brainers for any trek up the hill, but real-time travel information for the drive cannot be overlooked. Knowledge of road conditions and traffic volume saves time, increases safety and leads to an easier journey along the I-70 Mountain Corridor.  GoI70.com supports and encourages the use of these CDOT travel resources:

  • Text Alerts via GovDelivery - Sign up for Text Alerts
    • Receive the latest updates on I-70 traffic, weather and road conditions via text message
  • Email Alerts via GovDelivery - Sign up for Email Alerts
    • Receive the latest updates on I-70 traffic, weather and road conditions via email
  • WebsiteCoTrip.org
    • Website offers:
      •  Interactive maps with live cameras on I-70, road conditions, speeds and road work
      • Route information from various highways across the state
      • Travel alerts for I-70, I-25 US 36 and general statewide alerts
  • Call 511 from any phone
    • Call for the latest traffic reports and up-to-the-minute reporting on accidents and estimated time travels

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 12:30 p.m. in the Floyd Hill area, and peak in the early evening.   Congestion should abate by 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic this summer between Floyd Hill and the Eisenhower Tunnel.  Expect congestion between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., reaching peak delays of 20-30 minutes between 10:00 and 3:00 p.m. 

Eastbound Saturday:
There could be some light congestion between 2:30 and 5:00. 

Eastbound Sunday:
It is interesting that on this weekend over each of the last three years, there were multiple accidents. Keep it slow and safe out there!  Congestion is likely to begin by 10:00 a.m. and build quickly.  Last year there was significant traffic from 10:00-7:00 pm, with peak delays of one hour.

*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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