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August 27, 2015

I-70 Mountain Express Lane

Starting in mid-December of this year, we will have new eastbound capacity on I-70.  The existing shoulder will be improved and used as an eastbound travel lane during peak times only.  This tolled lane will run 13 miles from Empire to the east side of the newly widened Veterans Memorial Tunnel.  CDOT has announced a proposed toll range of $3-$30.  The toll will fluctuate to manage the demand in that lane with a goal to keep traffic in the express lane flowing at 40-45 mph.  Travelers can use the same Express Toll transponder that is utilized on E470.  Cars without a transponder will have a photo taken of their license plate and the driver will be billed at a slightly higher rate.  The I-70 Mountain Express Lane could shave up to 30 minutes off a Sunday afternoon trip! 

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 Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Traffic might develop around 1:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill area, peak in the early evening and abate by 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: Expect slowing between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. 

Eastbound Saturday:
On this weekend last year, there were no volume-related eastbound Saturday delays.

Eastbound Sunday:
Congestion is likely to develop by 11:00 a.m. with peak delays between 2:30-4:00 p.m. Traffic should return to normal speeds around 7:00 p.m.

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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.

Overall, this should be a good weekend for mountain travel, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful!  The past two years on this weekend saw very little eastbound traffic.  We believe this is because many folks stayed on the Front Range to watch the USA Pro Challenge.  In addition, some school districts have started back up, marking an end to summer travel for many families.  

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Light traffic might develop in the Floyd Hill area between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: Last year on this day there were only 10 minute delays in the Idaho Springs area from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

Eastbound Saturday:
No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Eastbound Sunday:
On this weekend the last two years, there was actually no volume-related congestion.  Still, play it safe and avoid the 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. timeframe.

*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.

Plan on the typical summer travel pattern for this weekend, as outlined below.  The USA Pro Challenge bike race is in and out of Summit County all next week.  I-70 will be affected on the afternoon of August 18, but several state highways just off I-70 will see more travel impacts throughout the week.  See the details by date:
August 18
August 19
August 20

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 11:00 a.m. in the Floyd Hill area, and peak in the early evening.   Congestion should abate by 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic this summer between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.  Expect congestion to begin around 10:00 a.m., reach peak delays between 11:30 and 2:00, and end around 4:00 p.m. 

Eastbound Saturday:
On this weekend last year, there were no eastbound delays on Saturday.

Eastbound Sunday:
Congestion is likely to begin by 11:00 a.m. with peak delays of an hour between 2:30-4:00 and traffic should drop off by around 7:00 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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