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February 16, 2017

Plan Your I-70 Trip

With just a little planning, I-70 traffic should be avoidable this holiday weekend!  Here are some valuable travel tips:

  • Travel at off peak times!  Learn the best and worst times to travel before you hit the road at www.GoI70.com/travel   Quick Tip:  On a three day holiday weekend, Sunday is usually the best day to travel I-70.
  • Look before you drive!  Check the real time road info at www.cotrip.org before you jump on I-70.
  • Stay later into the day and take advantage of a great deal on dining, shopping and activities.  Click www.GoI70.com/deals to see all of your options!  

Weekend Travel Forecast
The weather should be dry most of the weekend with the possibility of heavy snow late Sunday.

Friday WB – Slow traffic could be encountered from 4:30-7:45 p.m. 

Saturday WB - Moderate to heavy traffic is likely from 6:15 - 11:00 a.m. with the slowest travel occurring around 8:00 a.m. 

Saturday EB- Expect some slowing from 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Sunday WB – There were no delays on this day the past three years, but light volume is still possible between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Sunday EB –Last year, there were delays from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  Snow is in the forecast for late Sunday.

Monday WB – No congestion-related delays are expected but be prepared for winter driving.

Monday EB – Expect heavy traffic on this day! Last year there were delays from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and resulted in 45 minutes of extra travel time between Frisco and C470.  Your best bet is to enjoy the mountains later into the day and head home after 7:00 p.m.

Happy President’s Day holiday weekend!!

*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.

February 8, 2017

Move Over - It's the Law!

Every day on Interstate 70, first responders put their lives at risk to protect the public—especially while on the side of the road.  Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of death for on-duty law enforcement officers, fire, EMS, maintenance workers, and tow/recovery professionals.  In an effort to protect first responders and others, a new campaign is  educating motorists about the State’s “Move Over” law that require drivers to move over and/or slow down when approaching stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles.

According to recent data, 52 law enforcement officers were killed in traffic-related incidents in 2015. Out of those killed in 2015, 11 officers were struck and killed outside their vehicles.   That’s why all drivers need to know the law and follow it.

In Colorado, State law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency and maintenance vehicles that are displaying flashing lights, including tow trucks, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the closest lane. If it is not safe to do so, motorists must slow down to a reasonable speed safe for existing weather, road, and traffic conditions.

GoI70.com thanks all those folks working the very challenging I-70 mountain corridor to keep the traveling public safe.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Although we could see snow Friday night and on Sunday, travelers can count on precipitation on Saturday, with a rain/snow at lower elevations, and snow in the mountains and high mountain passes. 


Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 4:00-8:30 p.m. 


Saturday WB –
Expect heavy traffic from 6:30 a.m.-Noon, with the peak delay time of occurring around 8:00 a.m.  Leave by 6:00 a.m. to get ahead of the crowds. Weather could add some travel time.

Saturday EB- Light to moderate traffic is likely to develop around 2:30 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Plan to leave after 6:00 pm to avoid peak traffic.  Snow roads could result in slower-than-usual travel speeds.

Sunday WB – Traffic due to volume is unlikely.

Sunday EB – Traffic is likely to build around 1:00 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Travel speeds should be back to normal by 7:00 pm.

*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.

February 2, 2017

Traction Law Explained!

I-70 travelers should be aware of Colorado’s passenger vehicle traction and chain laws which are implemented when conditions require it.  When either law is in effect, highway signage will be activated. Without proper equipment, motorists can be fined $130. If your vehicle blocks the roadway, you could be fined more than $650.

•  Traction Law (Code 15) — Motorists will need snow tires, tires with mud/snow (M/S) designation, or a four-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.


•  Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) — Every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like the AutoSock).

Not sure if your tires have the required 1/8” tread depth?  Try the simple Quarter Test.  Put George Washington head first into your tire tread.  If you can still see the top of his head, it is time for new tires!

Weekend Travel Forecast
Weather should be generally dry with the exception of Saturday morning where there is a 50% chance of snow.

Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 4:30-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Expect heavy traffic from 6:30 a.m.-Noon. The peak delay will occur at 8:00 a.m. resulting in approximately 40 minutes extra travel time.  Snowy roads could further extend travel times.  Leave by 6:00 a.m. to get ahead of the crowds.

Saturday EB- Light traffic is likely to build around 2:30 and end around 6:30 pm.  Plan to leave after 7:00 p.m. to avoid peak traffic. 

Sunday WB – Traffic due to volume is unlikely.

Sunday EB – Last year there were zero eastbound delays, but the Broncos were in the Super Bowl.  It is hard to predict how the football game will impact traffic this year, but in 2015 travelers experienced 30 minute delays between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. with the worst of the delays occurring at 3:00 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.


 

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