May 31, 2018

A Tool to Avoid Cone Zones

Ski season is over, and construction season has begun!  If you're traveling on an interstate or a highway in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) just made it a lot easier to find road closures on your route. On April 24, CDOT launched a new tool—The Construction/Maintenance Report—on COtrip.org, the department's official online travel-reporting system.

By visiting cotrip.org/constructionReport.htm, travelers can search for major traffic impacts, including current and upcoming closures and restrictions. To generate construction reports, users can filter search results by selecting start and end dates, the region and county of the state, U.S. and state highways, and interstates. Once a report has been generated, viewers can see scheduled traffic impacts. If the work is part of a larger project, the report will provide email and phone contact information for the project, as well as a link to the project's website.

There are no major construction projects occurring on I-70 this summer, between Denver and Vail, but there will be some maintenance and paving work that might necessitate lane closures.  These days the volumes on I-70 are such that even mid-week lane closures result in long delays. For this reason, CDOT does as much night work as possible.

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Both the weather and the travel forecast are looking great for this weekend!  Expect warm temps each day, and a good chance for Sunday afternoon thunderstorms.

Friday WB – There might be some slowing from 5:30-7:30 p.m., but delays should not be significant. 

Saturday WB – Although traffic could be a little thick mid-day, no significant delays are anticipated. 

Saturday EB- Congestion due to volume should not be an issue.

Sunday EB – Moderate to heavy traffic might be encountered in the 2:30-5:00 p.m. timeframe.  If the weather turns stormy, expect traffic to start to build soon after.

*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.