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Since road construction is in full swing, take a note from traffic experts, obey its signs “use both lanes until merge point” and help reduce delays when entering construction zones.  “When vehicles merge into a single lane too soon, it creates unnecessary backups prior to the work zone and a much higher risk of a crash because vehicles traveling at highway speeds abruptly come upon the rear of a stop-and-go queue,” said CDOT Transportation Systems Management and Operations Director Ryan Rice. 

Study data has shown that when used properly, the late merge method can shorten queue lengths by as much as 35 percent when traffic is heavy.  "We appreciate that drivers are trying to be courteous by merging early, but this creates more delays and potentially hazardous traffic back-ups,” added Rice.  “Merge late during congested periods and everyone will save time and be safer."

Weekend Travel Forecast
July weekends are typically busy ones on I-70, so plan accordingly.

Friday WB – Expect heavy traffic around the Floyd Hill/Twin Tunnels area from about 11:00 a.m. and possibly as late as 8:00 p.m.  Historical data shows that delays will likely be at their peak between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., with up to 40 minutes extra travel time.

Saturday WB – Traffic will likely be heavy from about 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Last year the delays amounted to 30 extra minutes of travel time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Saturday EB- Based on traffic data from this Saturday last year, no significant delays are anticipated but be prepared for periods of slower travel.

Sunday EB – Based on last year, you will want to avoid the 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. timeframe! The heaviest traffic on this same day in past years occurred between Noon and 6:00 p.m. with peak delays of just over one hour.

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking CoTrip.org or by dialing 511 from any phone. Plan to wait out traffic with one of GoI70.com’s Peak Time Deals!

*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.

July 13, 2018

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This weekend historically sees heavy volumes on Interstate 70, especially on Sunday eastbound. Have you considered adding a Sunday night stay to your next mountain getaway?  GoI70 Peak Time Deals lists over 25 Sunday lodging specials valid for Georgetown, the Winter Park area, Summit County and the Vail Valley. Check out all the lodging offers here

Weekend Travel Forecast                                  
Friday WB – Expect traffic between 10:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.   Traffic could result in up to 30 minutes extra travel time, and will be at its heaviest between 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday WB – Traffic is likely to be heavy from about 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Delays will likely peak between Noon and 3:00 p.m. with approximately 20-40 extra minutes of travel time. Loveland Pass will be closed for a race 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Saturday EB- Last year there was slow traffic from 10:00-5:00 p.m.  The delays peaked at about Noon with 20 minutes of extra travel time between Silverthorne and C470. Loveland Pass will be closed for a race 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Sunday EB – Expect heavy traffic between 11:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. with metering likely at the Eisenhower tunnel.   Last year, travelers experienced the worst of the traffic with approximately 60 minute delays during the 1:00-5:00 p.m. timeframe.  This is a good weekend to stay a Sunday night, and save

Learn what’s happening on I-70 before you travel by checking CoTrip.org.

*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

Count on lots of company when traveling I-70 throughout the next week. With the July 4th holiday falling on a Wednesday, it makes peak travel times harder to nail down mid-week, but looking at historic traffic patterns, below is a best guess.  The I-70 Mountain Express Lane will be open as eastbound traffic volumes dictate.

Monday, July 2 – This travel day is hard to gauge.  There will likely be a fair numbers of cars on the road in both directions, especially mid-day but last year there were no delays due to congestion.  Check www.cotrip.org to see how heavy traffic is before you jump on I-70.

Tuesday, July 3 – I-70 will see plenty of traffic in both directions, especially in the afternoon.  The most likely period of significant congestion will be in the westbound direction 11:00-1:30 p.m. Check www.cotrip.org to see how heavy traffic is before you jump on I-70.

Wednesday, July 4 –There will likely be a fair numbers of cars on the road in both directions, especially in the afternoon.  In recent years there haven’t been significant travel delays on the July 4th holiday itself but check www.cotrip.org to see how heavy traffic is before you travel.

Thursday, July 5 – There will be high volumes in both directions.  Westbound slowing is likely 11:30-2:30 resulting in an extra 30 minutes of travel time.  Expect heavy eastbound traffic from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as folks head back to the Front Range after the holiday.  Check CoTrip.org before you travel.

Friday, July 6 - Plan on westbound slowing from 1:00-7:00 p.m.  Delays could be in the 20 minute range.  There should not be any eastbound slowing due to congestion.

Saturday, July 7 - This weekend the last two years saw 20 minute westbound delays between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., especially in the Floyd Hill-Idaho Springs area.  There might be some eastbound slowing in the late afternoon, but it should not result in significant delays.

Sunday, July 8 –  No westbound delays due to congestion are anticipated.  Expect heavy traffic eastbound Noon-7:00 p.m. with the heaviest traffic occurring around the 3:00-5:00 timeframe.

Have a fantastic Independence Day!

*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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