I-70 News

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Summers are too short to spend time in I-70 traffic and GoI70.com is here to help!  Every Thursday, GoI70.com posts a travel forecast specific to the coming weekend.  We consider the weather forecast, large events taking place on the corridor, and pour over lots of historic traffic data to give you a good idea of the best times to travel. Follow GoI70 on Facebook and Twitter to always be in the know.

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and although traffic delays should not be significant, traveling at off-peak traffic times is your best bet.  The weather is forecasted to be sunny and warm, with a chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon.

Friday WB – Expect traffic to be thick between 4:00-6:00 pm as folks head up to the mountains for the long weekend. Last year travelers experienced very minimal delays.

Saturday WB – There will likely be some slowing mid-day.  Last year there were 20 minute delays between 11:00 am-2:00 pm.

Saturday EB- There were no eastbound delays last year on this holiday weekend.

Sunday EB – There might be some heavy volume in the afternoon, but delays should not be at all significant. 

Monday EB – Expect heavy volume heading back to the Front Range between 12:30 and 3:30.  The delays were minimal last Memorial Day. 

Enjoy the holiday 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.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has been working with stakeholders such as the I-70 Coalition to develop concepts and designs that would help alleviate congestion, improve safety and maintain the unique environment of the mountains in the Floyd Hill area.

As part of the proposed project, westbound I-70 would be widened from two lanes to three at Floyd Hill to accommodate more westbound travelers. I-70 will be reconfigured with simplified curves, bridges, and walls to improve line of sight and improve driver safety. The new westbound I-70 alignment would be placed in a tunnel at the bottom of Floyd Hill to reduce weather impact and improve driver safety. During construction, the westbound alignment can be built adjacent to existing traffic lanes – limiting impacts for the traveling public.

The project also proposes to complete a key link of shared-use trail from the Clear Creek Greenway towards the Peaks to Plains Trail in Jefferson County, which was a part of Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Trails Initiative. The project will complete the trail from the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to the US 6 and I-70 interchange building on the goal to connect Metro Denver over the Continental Divide.

The estimate for these improvements from the top of Floyd Hill to the Veterans Memorial Tunnels is up to $550 million. At this time, CDOT does not have enough funding to start construction on this project once this study is complete.  The I-70 Coalition has identified this project as a top priority and will advocate for investment in this project as future funding sources are identified.

This VIDEO offers a good overview of the project and gives a picture of what the end result will look like.  
For more information visit the WB Floyd Hill Project page

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Traffic due to volume will not be an issue this weekend, but stormy weather is anticipated all along the mountain corridor Friday-Sunday.  Be prepared for rain, and potentially snow at the very high mountain passes.  Safe Travels!

*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.

It is great news that the state legislature came together in the final hours of the session to dedicate funding to our state’s transportation system!  SB18-001 calls for $645M for transportation projects over the next two years and $50M per year thereafter.  While most of the money will go to statewide priorities like the I-70 corridor, 15% will go to multi-modal transportation, such as mass transit or bike lanes, and 15% will flow to local governments for local projects.  This funding package is a drop in the bucket relative to Colorado’s $9B backlog in transportation projects, but we’ll take it! 

Weekend Travel Forecast

I-70 mountain communities are definitely in mud season, but there is still plenty to do in the high country.  Head up with your road bike or get some last turns in at Arapahoe Basin.  Traffic volumes will be low and the weather mild so a great weekend for I-70 travel!

*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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