I-70 News

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It is already wintertime in the mountains so now is the time for I-70 travelers to prepare their vehicles for winter travel.  Thank you to the National Weather Service for the valuable information below.

A well-equipped vehicle has adequate tires, tire chains, tow rope, sand or cat litter for traction, shovel, tool kit, windshield scraper and brush, battery cables, first aid kit, flashlight, extra batteries, blankets and/or sleeping bags, extra clothing, candles, water‑proof matches, high calorie packaged food for quick energy and an empty can to melt snow for drinking. 

The best way to prevent treacherous winter travel is to avoid it. This can be done by staying informed about the current weather and road conditions as well as the latest weather forecasts. All the real time travel info resources can be found at GoI70.com so Know Before you Go.

If you should become stranded during a winter storm, stay with your vehicle and do not panic. If accompanied by others, take turns sleeping. Run the motor every hour for about ten minutes to maintain warmth, but keep windows open a little to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked. Keep the car visible with brightly colored cloths tied to the side view mirrors, door handles, or external antenna. Exercise periodically by vigorously moving arms, legs, toes and fingers. 

And it bears repeating, check your tires to be sure they have adequate tread.  More on tires in an upcoming blog post!  

Weekend Travel Forecast
Congestion due to volume is unlikely for the next several weeks and weekend weather is expected to be sunny and dry.  Here is what you might expect on I-70 this weekend:

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WB:  Travel could be slow from late morning to early afternoon.  Arapahoe Basin will be open!

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: Some slowing is possible in the late afternoon that might translate to 15 minutes of extra travel time. 

*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.

October 5, 2017

New I-70 Rideshare Service

There are already several ways to get from the Denver metro area up to the mountains. For tourists, there are car rentals or express van services that go between the airports and the major resorts. These options are reliable but expensive and not really feasible for simple day trips.

For Front Range residents there is public transport in the form of the Bustang and the Ski Train but these services aren’t flexible in their pickup and drop-off locations and don’t  offer frequent runs.  Driving, which is relatively inexpensive and completely flexibility, is a popular option but it also contributes to the large, and growing, issue of I-70 congestion. Denver is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in part because of the accessibility of the mountains, and to get to the mountains, you typically need a winter-capable car.

Enter the new ridesharing app, Gondola. Launching in November 2017, Gondola will provide a cost-effective option for getting to the mountains without owning a car. Use Gondola to find a driver going to your resort, set a meet up spot and go. You can view detailed user profiles including reviews from past riders and drivers, and their in-app messaging makes communication seamless.

Check out the Gondola website to learn more, and while you are at it subscribe to their newsletter, follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook! 

Weekend Travel Forecast
Last year on this weekend, there was no traffic due to volume.  The weather Saturday and Sunday is expected to be sunny and dry, so it is a perfect time to get in one more bike ride or hike. Friday afternoon and Sunday night, be prepared for wet and/or snowy weather!

Friday WB:  No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Saturday WBThere might be some slowing during the 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. timeframe.

Saturday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated.

*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.

September 28, 2017

Peak Color!

This is the weekend to see the best of the fall color, as the turn of the Aspen leaves are at their peak here on the I-70 mountain corridor.  According to 9News, one of the 9 Best Fall Drives in Colorado is Guanella Pass.  Their recent story says, “Just an hour from Denver, this trek will take you to Georgetown, a town known as the "Silver Queen of the Rockies". The 23-mile route is one of the most popular places to see fall color.”

Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday WB:  Some slowing is possible around Floyd Hill during the late afternoon and evening hours. 

Saturday WB:  Expect some slowing 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Last year the delays peaked at 20 minutes.

Saturday EB: No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: Expect high volumes of traffic from Noon to 8:00 p.m., but the Mountain Express Lane should help keep delays to a minimum.

Have a great weekend!

*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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