I-70 News


July 12, 2013

Weekend Travel Forecast

Happy Friday everyone!

The Triple Bypass Bicycle Tour will bring thousands of cyclists from Evergreen to Avon, traveling over Loveland Pass on Saturday and Sunday.  Be on the lookout for cyclists if you travel that route.

Friday late afternoon westbound delays are possible, especially given the scattered rain storms in the area.

Plan for some westbound Saturday delays mid-day.

Last year on this weekend, Sunday eastbound delays were significant by 2:00.  Delays peaked at 141 minute around 3:30 p.m. (for someone traveling from Vail to C470.)  There were still delays into the evening, so best to leave the mountains before Noon or after 7:30 p.m. to avoid congestion.

There is a chance of rain throughout the weekend.  Keep in mind that rain early in the day, can cause an earlier exodus from the mountains.  Your best bet is to check the current traffic conditions before you jump on the road.  The CDOT mobile app, available through your app store, is a great resource.

Enjoy the weekend.  The high country is exceptionally green right now, and the wildflowers are phenomenal!

Similar to ramp metering used in the Denver metro area and other congested areas, Continuous Flow Metering (CFM) is utilized by CDOT at the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnels heading eastbound.  Traffic is spread from two into four lanes with traffic signals located above each lane.  The signals then alternate traffic, efficiently regulating the flow of traffic through the tunnel.  They cycle every 4 to 8 seconds so vehicles only have to stop briefly before being allowed to enter into the tunnel.  “CFM proved to be more effective at keeping the eastbound traffic moving through the tunnel than by the old way which required all vehicles to stop up to 20 minutes at a time,” said CDOT Eisenhower Tunnel Superintendent Mike Salamon.

The primary reason for metering is the safety of the traveling public.   Inside the tunnel, there are only two lanes, no pull-outs or shoulders, and vehicles are wedged together tightly.  CDOT does not allow traffic to backup in the tunnel to the point where crews would not be able to respond to a medical emergency, accident, fire, or other problem, in a timely manner.

Have fun out there this weekend!