February 8, 2018

What is a Highway Safety Closure?

In the event of severe winter weather and deteriorating road conditions, CDOT may close I-70 to protect the traveling public. Highway safety closures are a proactive approach to highway safety and are used to eliminate long-term closures of the interstate, allowing CDOT to deploy snowplow and operations crews during the most intense periods of the snowstorm. CDOT may also implement safety closures if there are spin-outs or other incidents along the highway. Motorists can visit COtrip.org or call 511 for the latest road conditions and updated information about highway closures.

These safety closures were often implemented last winter and the data shows that they actually decreased the overall number of hours the interstate was closed.  The I-70 Coalition applauds CDOT for trying new and innovative things to improve winter travel on Interstate 70!

Weekend Travel Forecast
Travelers should expect snow Friday evening and through Saturday resulting in slower travel speeds.  If bluebird days are more your thing, than Sunday is your ski day!  Snowy and icy road conditions will remain on the higher mountain passes into Sunday. 

Friday WB - Traffic is likely from 4:30-7:30 p.m., but could last later into the evening due to snowy conditions.

Saturday WB – Expect heavy traffic from 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the worst of the delays occurring around 8:00 a.m.  Leave before 6:00 a.m. to get ahead of the crowds. Moderate to heavy snow is expected along the I-70 corridor so be prepared for very slow travel.

Saturday EB- Light to moderate traffic is likely to develop around 2:30 and peak around 5:00 pm.  Plan to leave the mountains after 6:00 pm to avoid peak traffic.  Snow roads could result in slower-than-usual travel speeds.

Sunday WB – There could be slow traffic between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m.

Sunday EB – Traffic is likely to build around 2:00 and be at its heaviest around 5:00 pm.  Travel speeds should be back to normal by 7:00 pm.

*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.