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April 28, 2016

Another Spring Storm!

If you didn’t get in enough powder days this season (is there such a thing?), you have another chance.  Traffic volume should be low, but once again there is a strong spring storm in the weekend forecast. Moderate to heavy snow will likely fall along the I-70 corridor Thursday through Saturday morning, with light snow in the forecast through Monday.  Expect slow travel speeds, and safe travels!

*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.

April 21, 2016

More Spring Snow!

Traffic due to volume shouldn’t be an issue between now and mid-June, but stormy weather is expected on the I-70 corridor this weekend.  Light to moderate snow is expected near and west of the Continental Divide from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening which could result in slower travel.  Safe travels everyone!

The 13-mile eastbound Express Lane runs from Empire through Idaho Springs and opened mid-December 2015. Prior to its opening, an analysis by the data-research firm INRIX ranked this stretch as among the worst in the nation. Since the opening, the I-70 Mountain Express Lane has been delivering much-needed capacity to this corridor during peak periods. This express lane helped travelers avoid congestion during several record-setting traffic counts in the high country on the Jan. 2 holiday weekend. Also, comparing travel times in this corridor on the Martin Luther King holiday in 2012 (pre-construction) to 2016, when the Mountain Express Lane was in use, drivers saw the following improvements:

  • Martin Luther King Holiday 2016 at 4 p.m. had travel times around 17 minutes in all lanes compared to 23 minutes in 2012; reducing travel times by approximately six minutes or 26 percent.
  • Martin Luther King Holiday 2016 after 7:30 p.m. was 14-16 minutes for all lanes compared to 17-33 minutes in 2012; reducing travel times as much as 52 percent.  

Tolls were typically in the $6 range.  Data has shown that if just 8-10 percent of the cars use the Express Lane, there are improved travel times in the general purpose lanes, providing benefits even to those that don’t use the tolled lane. 

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Traffic due to volume isn’t typical in mid-April, but weather will be a travel factor this weekend. Very heavy snow is forecasted for east of the Continental Divide Saturday and Sunday, with a rain/snow mix in Summit County and the Vail area all weekend.  As always, check one of the  real time information sources before you jump on I-70 to see if there are closures or delays. 

*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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