Travel Forecast & Tips
Fortunately, I-70 is congestion free the majority of the time and traffic is quite predictable, weather and accidents withstanding. Plan to avoid peak travel times, and enjoy a delay-free trip along I-70. Our weekend travel forecast is updated every Thursday afternoon.
Weekend Travel Forecast
Traffic due to volume shouldn’t be an issue between now and mid-June. As always, check one of CDOT’s real time information sources before you jump on I-70 to see if there are construction or weather-related delays.
*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.
Tips for I-70 mountain travel
- Avoid the Peak Travel Times. If heading eastbound on Saturday or Sunday, plan to leave the mountains after 7:00 p.m. Check the weekend and holiday Travel Forecast.
- Check the road and traffic conditions before you travel.
- Check out the Deals local businesses offer to help you avoid peak travel times.
- Spend a Sunday night in the mountains and head to work or school early Monday morning.
- Create or join a carpool.
- Consider taking a bus or van to the mountains and leave the driving to someone else.
Winter Traffic Patterns
(early Dec-mid April. Based on historical data.)
Friday Westbound - Light to moderate traffic from about 4:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Westbound - Moderate traffic from about 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the peak around 7:30-8:00 a.m. Sunday morning WB traffic is typically lighter than Saturday morning, or non existent.
Saturday EB - Traffic builds around 2:30 p.m., peaks around 4:00-5:00 and drops dramatically after 7:00 p.m. Expect heavy congestion.
Sunday EB - I-70 starts to fill up earlier than it does on Saturday, as early as 1:00 p.m. Traffic peaks around 4:00-5:00 and drops off soon after 7:00 pm. Expect very heavy traffic.
Other factors: Metering - Traffic metering goes into effect during very high volume times at the Johnson/Eisenhower Tunnels. This process involves controlling the flow of traffic eastbound into the Eisenhower Tunnel, so traffic does not back up in the tunnel.
Holiday Weekends – when a national holiday falls on a Monday, you can count on Monday afternoon EB traffic to mimic a typical Sunday pattern, but with potentially more volume. On the flip side, the Sunday of holiday weekends tends to have minimal congestion.
Weather & Accidents - can escalate the level and duration of congestion dramatically.
Check one of CDOT’s Real Time Info resources and plan accordingly and avoid the jam!