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 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.