A Decent Weekend for Mountain Travel
This weekend, like this same weekend last year, the Front Range is hosting the US Pro Cycling Challenge. Last year this weekend saw very little eastbound traffic and we believe it was because folks stayed in the Denver area to watch the race. In addition, many schools have started back up, marking an end to summer travel for many families.
Friday Westbound: As a result of the Twin Tunnel Project construction, some traffic is likely to develop as early as 11:00 a.m., and might continue through mid-evening. The right westbound lane on the west side of Vail pass will be closed from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. due to the bike race.
Saturday Westbound: There has been Saturday westbound traffic the last few weekends between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs. Expect congestion to between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Clear Creek Canyon (Hwy 6) is an alternate route, but might be also become congested.
On this weekend last year, there were no significant delays as eastbound traffic was spread out over the day.
Although heavy congestion isn’t expected, weather or accidents withstanding, your best bet to avoid traffic is to avoid the peak travel times of 2:00-4:00.
Make it a great weekend!