I-70 News

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There are several construction projects underway between C470 and the Eisenhower Tunnel.  CDOT has determined that any lane closures associated with these projects will happen during nighttime hours only, giving locals and visitors traveling the I-70 corridor a much more predictable trip.  Here is a quick snapshot of the projects underway:

Eastbound Peak Period Shoulder Lane: Paving operations and resulting EB and WB lane closures will be done during nighttime hours only. This project will utilize the existing shoulder as an eastbound travel lane from Empire to Idaho Springs.  The Peak Period Shoulder Lane will be a toll lane, used only during peak travel times, and should be operational by late 2015. 

I‐70 EB: EJMT to Georgetown Paving Project: Paving operations will continue east of the Eisenhower Tunnel for the next few weeks. Bridge work near Loveland Ski Area will start after Labor Day.

EJMT Fire Suppression System:  Night work at the Eisenhower Tunnel is in progress. When complete, the fire suppression system will suppress a vehicle fire, buying critical time needed for first responders to safely approach the scene and take action.

Weekend Travel Forecast

The first weekend in August historically sees high traffic volumes on I-70, but use the info below to avoid the jam!

Friday WB – Traffic will likely develop around 11:00 a.m. between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs, and last as late as 8:30 p.m.  Last year on this weekend, the peak occurred between 2:00-4:00 p.m. with just over a 30 minute delay. 

Saturday WB – There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic the last few weekends between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.  Expect congestion to develop around 10:00 a.m. and clear out around 5:30 p.m.  The worst of the traffic on this day last year occurred between 11:30 and 2:30 with 35 minute delays.

Saturday EB – No significant delays are predicted.

Sunday EB – Expect traffic between 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., with the heaviest traffic between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.  Delays are likely to be at their worst in the early afternoon with at least one hour extra travel time. 

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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.

You often hear us say that weekend traffic follows a consistent pattern from year to year, weather and accidents withstanding.  The image below illustrates this point.  Shifting travel from peak to off peak times is the most effective short term strategy for managing congestion. Details for the entire upcoming weekend are below so you can avoid the I-70 jam!

Eastbound Travel Times - The Last Sunday in July: 2012, 2013 & 2014

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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 8:30 p.m.  Delays will likely be at their peak between 1:00 and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday WB – Traffic will likely be heavy from about 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Last year the delays amounted to 30 extra minutes travel time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. timeframe! The heaviest traffic on this Sunday last year occurred between Noon and 4:30 p.m. with peak delays of 1 hour.

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 16, 2015

Stay Sunday & Save!

Have you considered adding a Sunday night stay to your next mountain getaway?  GoI70 Peak Time Deals lists over 30 Sunday lodging specials valid for Georgetown, the Winter Park area, Summit County and the Vail Valley.  Some don’t require an additional night’s stay, so you could also drive to the mountains Sunday morning when there is no traffic and have a congestion-free return to the Front Range on Monday.  Antlers at Vail and Summit Resort Group will even give you a late Sunday checkout at no cost!  Check out all the lodging offers here

Weekend Travel Forecast
Friday WB – Expect traffic around the Floyd Hill/Twin Tunnels area from about 11:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Traffic is likely to be thick from about 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.  Delays will likely peak between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with approximately 30 extra minutes of travel time.

Saturday EB- No delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB – Expect very heavy traffic between 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.  Last year, travelers experienced approximately 1 hour delays between Noon and 8:30 p.m. 

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking CDOT’s mobile app or CoTrip.org

*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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