August 31, 2017

Navigate I-70 Labor Day Traffic!

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 around 1:30 p.m.  Last year, traffic peaked between 3:00-5:00 p.m. with 45 minute extra travel time, but there were still 30 minutes delay at 7:45 p.m.  Expect traffic to taper off soon after 9:00 p.m.   

Saturday WB - On this day last year there were 30-60 minute delays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., but there were also a couple of accidents that were major traffic contributors.  Travelers should expect heavy volumes from about 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with delays of 20-30 minutes.

Saturday EB - No delays are expected.

Sunday WB – There might be some minor slowing in the mid to late morning.

Sunday EB -Last year there were 15 minute delays between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Volumes have been generally heavier this summer, but the Mountain Express Lane could mitigate any potentially longer delays.

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 10:30 a.m.  The peak of traffic will occur between 12:30-4:00 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 one of CDOT’s many real-time information sources.  If traffic has already begun, Change Your Peak Time and opt to stick around the mountains later into the day.    

Happy Labor Day!

*The Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.