I-70 News


Spinning may be good for the ice rink, but not the road you drive on. On one day last year, CDOT helped 22 cars that spun out and blocked traffic or caused an accident – 19 of those 22 had bald tires. Those unprepared cars helped attribute to massive delays throughout the I-70 Mountain Corridor. Make sure your car is prepared for winter driving conditions and your tires can grip the road. Take the quarter test to find out if you need new tires:

  1. Insert a quarter into the tire tread upside down, with Washington’s head going in first
  2. If the top of George’s head is covered by the tread, your tires are OK – do this test at multiple points around each tire. If the top of his head is visible at any point around the tire, you need new tires

Weekend Travel Forecast:
Snow is forecasted for the mountains from Saturday night through Tuesday!

Friday WB:  Traffic could be heavy between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Saturday WB:  Expect a typical Saturday westbound traffic pattern.  Plan to leave the Front Range before 6:30 a.m. or after 10:00 a.m. to avoid the jam!

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: Expect delays from 3:00-9:00 p.m.   Snow is anticipated, so be prepared for winter driving and slower speeds.  This could be a powder day, so have fun out there!

*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.

November 13, 2014

Fresh Snow!

The mountains got over a foot of snow in the last couple days, and more is expected on Saturday.  This is a great time of year to get some early ski/ride days in!

Weekend Forecast
Weather and road conditions will be more of a travel factor than traffic volume this weekend.  Here is what you might expect:

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.  Be prepared for winter weather!

Saturday EB: The last two years on this Saturday, traffic delays were less than 10 minutes between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.   Weather could play a role in travel times so allow extra time.

Sunday EB: In both 2012 and 2013, this Sunday saw 10-15 minute delays between 3:00 p.m. at 8:00 p.m.  The weather is expected to be dry today.

Stay warm this 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.

November 6, 2014

CDOT's I-70 Winter Plan

CDOT has a 2014-2015 I-70 Winter Operations Plan in place that includes three main goals:  1) Improve Travel Time Reliability of the Corridor, 2) Reduce Major Closures and 3) Improve Customer and Stakeholder Satisfaction.  They hope to accomplish this through the following operational focus areas:

1. Active Traffic Management (ATM)-Implement strategies to improve the safety, reliability, and mobility of the corridor. Traffic control measures such as ramp management, Snowplow Escorts, quick clearance of traffic incidents, commercial vehicle staging and real-time traveler information will be utilized.

2. Winter Maintenance Operations-Provide effective 24x7 snow plow operations over 200 miles of the I-70 corridor.  CDOT intends to decrease cycle times during snow removal operation and decrease down time of equipment.

3. Commercial Vehicle Management -Reduce the impact of commercial vehicles in the I-70 mountain corridor through more effective activation/deactivation of chain law and improved traveler information.  Continue coordination with Colorado State Patrol on chain law enforcement, improve US 6/Loveland Pass winter maintenance, and hold commercial vehicles when public safety might be compromised.

4. Traffic Demand Management - Provide ongoing education and information on safe winter driving, best times to travel, and available incentives to change travel time. CDOT will work to offer and promote transit options such as van pools and ski busses.

5.  Operations Command and Control-Conduct real-time management and dispatching of CDOT resources and assets in the corridor.

More details on individual components of this plan will follow in future GoI70.com posts.  The I-70 Coalition appreciates and applauds CDOT’s efforts to improve the operation and maintenance along the I-70 mountain corridor this winter season!