August 30, 2013

Navigating I-70 Labor Day Traffic

Folks are ready to escape the heat on the Front Range this weekend so expect a big rush westbound on Friday and Saturday.  Mountain weather is looking great with highs in the 70s.  This holiday weekend brings with it one of the last big traffic jams until the ski season begins, and we’re here to help you avoid that jam!

On Friday afternoon there will be a burst of early escapees from the Front Range headed west to the mountains that should begin mid-day and taper off by 8pm.   The Twin Tunnel construction zone might lend to additional slow-downs.

Saturday westbound travelers might see some of the heaviest weekend traffic.  Expect congestion from about 10am to 3pm.

Sunday will likely be the best day to travel in either direction as far as traffic goes.  We expect that the Sunday eastbound trip could be without delay.

Monday eastbound travelers should be prepared for the classic Sunday traffic pattern. The interstate will move at normal speeds in the early morning Monday, but eastbound delays will likely begin around 10am.  The peak of traffic will occur between 2:00-4:00 pm, with the worst of the congestion around the Twin Tunnels.  On Labor Day Weekends in recent years, the traffic subsided right around 6:30 p.m.

Before you jump on I-70, see what is happening on the road by checking one of CDOT’s many real-time information sources such as their new mobile app.  If the mass exodus has already started, opt to wait out traffic and enjoy a delay-free trip to or from the mountains.

Happy Labor Day!