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The coming weeks are some of the best times to visit the Colorado Mountains.  The weather is still great, the big crowds are gone, and I-70 traffic is less of a factor.  There are still some times you want to avoid, so travel off-peak and enjoy a delay-free trip!

Friday WB – Heavy volume is possible from 2:30-6:00 p.m.  Although there were no significant delays in the last two years, this congestion might result in up to 15 minutes extra travel time.

Saturday WB – Light congestion between Floyd Hill and the Eisenhower Tunnel might develop around 11:00 a.m. and continue until around 3:00 p.m.  Delays could result in an extra 10-20 minutes travel time between C470 and Silverthorne.

Saturday EB – No congestion-related traffic is predicted.       

Sunday EB – Traffic due to volume is expected between 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. In recent years, the peak delay was 20-30 minutes during the early to mid-afternoon hours.  Stay late, skip the traffic and save with a GoI70 Peak Time Deal!

*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.

Expect a rush of travelers westbound on Friday and Saturday and again eastbound on Monday.  This holiday weekend brings with it one of the last high traffic weekends on I-70 until the ski season begins, and GoI70 is here to help you avoid the jam!

Friday WB - There will be a burst of Front Range travelers headed west starting around 11:30 a.m.  Last year, traffic was at its heaviest between 3:00-7:00 p.m. with 45 minutes extra travel time.  Expect traffic to taper off soon after 9:00 p.m.   

Saturday WB - On this day last year there were heavy traffic volumes from 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  The traffic peaked between 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with delays of 45 minutes.

Saturday EB - No delays are expected.

Sunday WB – There will likely be traffic during the 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. timeframe, with delays of up to 15 minutes.

Sunday EB - Last year there were 15 minute delays between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

Monday EB - 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 10:00 a.m.  The peak of traffic will occur between 12:30-4:30 p.m. with approximately 60 minute peak delays.  On Labor Day Weekends in recent years, the traffic subsided right around 6:45 p.m. 

Before you jump on I-70, see what is happening on the road by checking Cotrip.org.  If traffic has already begun, Change Your Peak Time and opt to stick around the mountains later into the day.    

Happy Labor 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.

August 22, 2018

School's In Session

Now that most schools are back in session, we are seeing lower volumes on the I-70 mountain corridor.  This weekend is an excellent time to fit in another trip to the high country before the temperatures drop.  Avoid the peak travel times outlined below to enjoy a delay-free trip!

 Weekend Travel Forecast

Other than the typical chance of afternoon thunderstorms, the mountain weather should not disappoint this weekend.

Friday Westbound:  Some slowing is possible from 1:00-6:00 p.m., especially in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.  This congestion might add 15-20 minutes to your trip.

Saturday Westbound: Expect slowing between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., resulting in approximately 20 minutes extra travel time.

Eastbound Saturday:
No volume-related delays are expected.

Eastbound Sunday:
Last year there was enough volume that CDOT metered traffic at the Eisenhower Tunnel.  There were 20-30 minute delays between 11:00 and 6:30 p.m.

The GoI70 Peak Time Deals are designed to keep you entertained and well-fed while you wait out the traffic.  Check out the fully searchable database of deals at GoI70.com/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.


 

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