August 30, 2018

Navigating Labor Day Weekend 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 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.