I-70 News

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September 25, 2014

Leaf Peeping & Travel Forecast

This is the weekend to catch the peak leaf colors!   Friday and Saturday are expected to be very dry and sunny, while there may be some afternoon showers on Sunday.   

Have you downloaded the CDOT mobile app yet?  It is a great way to learn what the traffic is doing before you jump on I-70.  Download the app from your app store or by texting “CDOT” to 25827

Friday WB – Delays of 15 minutes or less are possible between 4:00-9:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.

Saturday WB – Delays shouldn’t be much of an issue, but to play it safe avoid the 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. timeframe. 

Saturday EB – No delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound slowing could begin around Noon and continue until approximately 7:00 p.m.   On this Sunday last year there were no congestion-related delays, but afternoon weather could be a factor in travel this year.

*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.

September 18, 2014

Ski Train Status

As the I-70 Coalition considers potential solutions to I-70 congestion, we are often asked why operations of the Denver to Winter Park ski train aren’t resumed.  So, here are the facts.

The City and County of Denver ran the ski train from Denver to Winter Park until the early 2000s and then sold it to a private entity.  That operator ceased running the business, and no other operator has proposed starting up another ski train. 

Any entity interested in starting up the ski train business again would need to get permission/approval to use the rail line from the freight railroad, in this case Union Pacific.  In this country, freight traffic takes precedent over passenger traffic and the demand for freight transportation on the rail line the ski train used is already at capacity. This is essentially the issue that caused the previous ski train to cease operations. There were instances where the ski train was held for several hours waiting for freight traffic to clear the line through the Moffat Tunnel.  In addition, the Moffat Tunnel was built at the beginning of the last century and has no ventilation capacity, so this further restricts traffic allowed on that line to one diesel locomotive every 45 minutes. 

There are many Coloradoans who want this wonderful transportation resource back, but there are some hurdles that would need tackling before that could happen.  In the meantime, there is always a ski bus or van!  Learn more at http://goi70.com/bus-and-van-services/

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB – Some traffic congestion is possible between 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.

Saturday WB – Traffic could be thick between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs for those heading up the mountains between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Saturday EB -  No traffic delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB - Afternoon eastbound slowing might begin around Noon and continue until approximately 7:00 p.m.   Last year saw a peak delay of 90 minutes at 2:30 p.m., although there was snow up at the Eisenhower Tunnel that day!  The previous year saw a 50 minute peak delay also at 2:30 p.m.   Check out the GoI70.com Peak Time Deals for an excuse to stay late and save!

*The GoI70.com Travel Forecast is based on historical data, and an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

September 2, 2014

Fall Travel Forecast

Fall is such a great time of year to visit the Colorado mountains!  The weather is still great, and traffic is not much of a factor in I-70 travel.  There are still some times you want to avoid, so Change Your Peak Time and enjoy a delay-free trip on I-70 over the next couple weekends!

Friday WB – Be prepared for some slowing from 11:00-6:00 p.m. between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs.  Previous years shows 15-30 minute peak delays at Noon.

Saturday WB – Some congestion between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs is possible around 10:00 a.m. and could continue until around 6:00 p.m.

Saturday EB – No traffic is predicted.

Sunday EB – Some traffic congestion is possible between 1:00-7:00 p.m. On this day in recent years, the peak delay was only 15 minutes. 

*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.