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February 8, 2017

Move Over - It's the Law!

Every day on Interstate 70, first responders put their lives at risk to protect the public—especially while on the side of the road.  Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of death for on-duty law enforcement officers, fire, EMS, maintenance workers, and tow/recovery professionals.  In an effort to protect first responders and others, a new campaign is  educating motorists about the State’s “Move Over” law that require drivers to move over and/or slow down when approaching stopped emergency and maintenance vehicles.

According to recent data, 52 law enforcement officers were killed in traffic-related incidents in 2015. Out of those killed in 2015, 11 officers were struck and killed outside their vehicles.   That’s why all drivers need to know the law and follow it.

In Colorado, State law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency and maintenance vehicles that are displaying flashing lights, including tow trucks, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the closest lane. If it is not safe to do so, motorists must slow down to a reasonable speed safe for existing weather, road, and traffic conditions.

GoI70.com thanks all those folks working the very challenging I-70 mountain corridor to keep the traveling public safe.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Although we could see snow Friday night and on Sunday, travelers can count on precipitation on Saturday, with a rain/snow at lower elevations, and snow in the mountains and high mountain passes. 


Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 4:00-8:30 p.m. 


Saturday WB –
Expect heavy traffic from 6:30 a.m.-Noon, with the peak delay time of occurring around 8:00 a.m.  Leave by 6:00 a.m. to get ahead of the crowds. Weather could add some travel time.

Saturday EB- Light to moderate traffic is likely to develop around 2:30 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Plan to leave after 6:00 pm to avoid peak traffic.  Snow roads could result in slower-than-usual travel speeds.

Sunday WB – Traffic due to volume is unlikely.

Sunday EB – Traffic is likely to build around 1:00 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Travel speeds should be back to normal by 7:00 pm.

*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.

February 2, 2017

Traction Law Explained!

I-70 travelers should be aware of Colorado’s passenger vehicle traction and chain laws which are implemented when conditions require it.  When either law is in effect, highway signage will be activated. Without proper equipment, motorists can be fined $130. If your vehicle blocks the roadway, you could be fined more than $650.

•  Traction Law (Code 15) — Motorists will need snow tires, tires with mud/snow (M/S) designation, or a four-wheel drive vehicle — all tires must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.


•  Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) — Every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like the AutoSock).

Not sure if your tires have the required 1/8” tread depth?  Try the simple Quarter Test.  Put George Washington head first into your tire tread.  If you can still see the top of his head, it is time for new tires!

Weekend Travel Forecast
Weather should be generally dry with the exception of Saturday morning where there is a 50% chance of snow.

Friday WB - Traffic is possible from 4:30-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Expect heavy traffic from 6:30 a.m.-Noon. The peak delay will occur at 8:00 a.m. resulting in approximately 40 minutes extra travel time.  Snowy roads could further extend travel times.  Leave by 6:00 a.m. to get ahead of the crowds.

Saturday EB- Light traffic is likely to build around 2:30 and end around 6:30 pm.  Plan to leave after 7:00 p.m. to avoid peak traffic. 

Sunday WB – Traffic due to volume is unlikely.

Sunday EB – Last year there were zero eastbound delays, but the Broncos were in the Super Bowl.  It is hard to predict how the football game will impact traffic this year, but in 2015 travelers experienced 30 minute delays between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. with the worst of the delays occurring at 3:00 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.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is introducing a pilot program to bring Front Range skiers and snowboarders to and from the mountains this winter.  SnowStang, part of the CDOT Bustang® interregional bus service, will offer express round-trip service to six resorts on two Saturdays next month – February 11 and 25. It will serve A-Basin, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, and Winter Park with round-trip prices starting at $45.

“Providing transportation solutions along the state’s most travelled corridors remains a department priority,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt.  “CDOT is fulfilling a need for public transportation that serves our resort communities.  “In the process, taking a few extra vehicles off the road helps alleviate congestion along I-70.”

The SnowStang pick-up and return drop-off point will be at the RTD Park-n-Ride at the Federal Center in Lakewood, just southeast of the 6th Avenue Freeway and Union Avenue Interchange. The climate controlled coaches are equipped with WiFi access, USB outlets and bathrooms and are operated by Ace Express of Golden.

“SnowStang goes directly to each resort plus our drivers have the ability to access the shoulder for bypassing eastbound traffic congestion,” explains CDOT’s Division of Transit and Rail Director Mark Imhoff.  “Day trippers taking SnowStang won’t have to stress about driving or parking.  Instead they’ll arrive ready to hit the slopes and know they’ll have a safe ride home at the end of the day.”

This pilot program will test the viability of, and interest in, SnowStang as a transportation option. If successful, CDOT will look at fully implementing the service next winter. Please visit www.ridebustang.com for more information.

Bus service to Copper Mountain Resort and Loveland Ski Area is already provided by Front Range Ski Bus, running Wednesday-Sunday from Denver Union Station (7 a.m.) and the Wooly Mammoth Park-n-Ride (7:30 a.m.) at Morrison Road (Jeffco 93) and U.S. 40.  More information is available at: www.frontrangeskibus.com

The Weekend Travel Forecast:
There is no snow in the forecast for this weekend.  Those are some words that haven’t been uttered in several weeks!  Come on up for some bluebird ski days, and avoid the peak times outlined below if you want to work around I-70 traffic.

Friday WB – Up to 20 minute delays are possible between 4:30-8:30 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Expect heavy traffic from 6:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.  Last year there was 40 minutes of extra travel time, but previous years saw up to one hour delays.  The worst of the traffic will occur right around 8:00 a.m. 

Saturday EB- Traffic should be expected between 2:30 and 7:00 pm.  Plan to leave after 7:00 pm to avoid traffic volume. 

Sunday WB – Traffic is possible between 6:00-10:00 a.m., with the peak of the traffic occurring at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday EB – The X Games in Aspen end Sunday which means higher-than-normal eastbound volume. Plan for moderate to heavy traffic to develop before Noon, reach its peak between 4:00-5:00, and taper off soon after 8:00 pm.  

This is a great weekend to take advantage of a GoI70.com Peak Time Deal.  Check them out here!

*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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