August 9, 2018

Increased Enforcement Planned for Express Lane

The Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise announced increased safety enforcement along the I-70 mountain corridor. Additional patrolling along the I-70 Mountain Express Lane between Empire and Idaho Springs will help to create a safer driving environment, reduce unsafe driving behaviors and increase the overall efficiency and throughput. Common traffic violations include speeding and weaving in and out of the Express Lane.

“To ensure safety on the road, drivers should enter and exit the Express Lane at designated entry/exit points at Empire Junction or right before the Veterans Memorial Twin Tunnels. It might be tempting to cross the solid yellow line, when I-70 is congested, but the Colorado State Patrol wants to remind all drivers to obey traffic rules and speeds,” said Colorado State Patrol Captain Matthew Secor.

The I-70 Mountain Express Lane runs 13 miles along eastbound I-70 from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels in Idaho Springs. The I-70 Mountain Express Lane is only open during peak periods of travel, such as weekends and holidays. When the Express Lane is not open, roadway signage indicates it is closed and is used as a shoulder for emergency purposes.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Mostly sunny skies are forecasted for the entire weekend along the I-70 mountain corridor. 

Friday WB:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 1:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill area, and peak between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. with 20 minutes additional travel time. Congestion should abate by 8:00 p.m.

Saturday WB: There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic this summer between Floyd Hill and the Eisenhower Tunnel.  Expect congestion between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., reaching peak delays of 20-30 minutes on a trip C470 to Silverthorne. 

Saturday  EB:
There could be some slowing between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., but delays shouldn’t be significant.

Sunday EB:
Congestion is likely to begin by 10:30 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.  The most significant delays last year occurred between 1:30 and 5:00 with 40 minutes extra travel time from Frisco to C470.  Metering at the Eisenhower Tunnel is likely.

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