I-70 News


Cone Zone Since road construction season is in full swing, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is encouraging drivers to obey its signs to “take turns” and help reduce delays when entering construction zones when traffic is congested.  “Late Merge” signs are part of a traffic control program emphasizing the use of open lanes until a work zone’s actual merge point. 

“When vehicles merge into a single lane too soon, it creates unnecessary backups prior to the work zone and a much higher risk of a crash because vehicles traveling at highway speeds abruptly come upon the rear of a stop-and-go queue,” said CDOT Transportation Systems Management and Operations Director Ryan Rice.  “By using the full capacity of the highway and then taking turns merging down into a single lane, it helps move traffic more effectively.  Our goal is to improve both traffic flow and safety through our projects.” 

Study data have shown that when used properly, the late merge method can shorten queue lengths by as much as 35 percent when traffic is heavy.  "We appreciate that drivers are trying to be courteous by merging early, but this creates more delays and potentially hazardous traffic back-ups,” added Rice.  “Merge late during congested periods and everyone will save time and be safer."

Weekend Travel Forecast
July weekends are typically busy ones 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 8:00 p.m.  Historical data shows that delays will likely be at their peak between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., with up to 40 minutes extra travel time.

Saturday WB – Traffic will likely be heavy from about 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 7:30 p.m. timeframe! The heaviest traffic on this same day in past years occurred between Noon and 6:00 p.m. with peak delays of just over one hour.

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking CoTrip.org or by dialing 511 from any phone. Plan to 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.


Have you considered adding a Sunday night stay to your next mountain getaway?  Sunday traffic volumes will likely be high this weekend, so it is a perfect time to extend your stay into Monday!  GoI70 Peak Time Deals lists over 25 Sunday lodging specials valid for Georgetown, the Winter Park area, Summit County and the Vail Valley. Check out all the lodging offers here

Weekend Travel Forecast
Friday WB – Expect heavy traffic between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.   Traffic could result in up to 40 minutes extra travel time, and will likely be at its peak between 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Saturday WB – Traffic is likely to be thick from about 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Delays will likely peak around 2:00 p.m. with approximately 30 extra minutes of travel time.

Saturday EB- No delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB – Expect very heavy traffic between 11:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. with metering likely at the Eisenhower tunnel.   Last year, travelers experienced approximately 1 hour and 20 minute delays during the mid-afternoon, but the Mountain Express Lane should add some congestion relief.  This is a good weekend to stay a Sunday night, and save

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking 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.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) claimed an award for the I-70 Mountain Express Lane project in a national competition showcasing excellence in projects that improve travel safety, reduce congestion and provide more mobility options.  The I-70 Mountain Express Lane's winter arrival helped travelers save time on the corridor and now the lane is ready for its summer debut. The 13-mile express lane runs east from Empire through Idaho Springs, and is open during peak traffic times. The lane can cut 30 minutes of drive time during maximum corridor congestion. Consider these factors when using the I-70 Mountain Express Lane this summer:

  • No HOV lane — Unlike Colorado’s other express lanes, there is no HOV lane discount and drivers are required to pay the full toll amount, regardless of the number of passengers. HOV transponders may still be used, but need to be switched to toll mode.
  • Congestion Pricing ­— To ensure the lane is always moving reliably, the amount of traffic will determine the toll price. Real-time prices are visible on overhead message signs along the corridor. Motorists will be charged the toll price posted when they entered the Express Lane.
  • ExpressToll Pass — If planning to use the lane often, consider investing in an ExpressToll Pass. ExpressToll passes save money every trip. If you don’t have a pass, you will be billed through a License Plate Toll at a higher rate. Visit expresstoll.com to order your own pass or call 303-537-3470 to speak with a customer service representative to choose which pass is best for your travels.
  • Availability — When the Express Lane is not open, roadway signage will indicate it is closed and will be used as a shoulder for emergency purposes. Operations are currently limited to 73 days per year and will be available during peak travel times, notably weekends and holidays.

Weekend Travel Forecast
The Triple Bypass Bicycle Tour will bring thousands of cyclists from Evergreen to Avon and US 6 Loveland Pass will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Saturday and Sunday for this event.  The weather forecast looks to be just about perfect for this weekend.  Below is what you can expect for I-70 travel.

Friday WB – Traffic congestion is likely between 1:00-7:00 p.m.  Delays could result in approximately 20 minutes extra travel time from C470 to Frisco.

Saturday WB – Travelers should expect delays in the 15-20 minute range from 10:30 am-3:30 p.m.

Saturday EB- No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB – Be prepared for heavy traffic between 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The last couple years on this day there were 50-60 minute delays between Noon and 6:00 p.m.  Stay late and save with a GoI70.com Peak Time Deal.  The database is fully searchable by geographic area, and by dining, lodging and shopping/activities!

Keep an eye on the highway by checking CoTrip.org or calling 511.

*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.