June 20, 2018

The Wild Side of I-70

Interstate 70 has all sorts of users – tourists, residents, and commercial vehicles - but most of us rarely think about how this road impacts the wildlife.  There are efforts underway to construct an I-70 Wild Byway, and a Wild I-70 Audio Tour has been created to raise awareness about the need for wildlife crossing structures. Learn more about the effort and download the audio tour here.   Wildlife bridges recently constructed on Hwy 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling have reduced car/wildlife collisions by 90%!  

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Other than afternoon thunderstorms Friday and Sunday, the mountain weather forecast looks great for this weekend.

Friday WB – Expect slowing between 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Last year this heavy volume resulted in 15 extra minutes of travel time.

Saturday WB – This weekend the last two years saw 20 minute delays between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., especially in the Floyd Hill-Idaho Springs area.

Saturday EB- No delays occurred on this day over the last three years.

Sunday EB – Be prepared for traffic to start around 11:30 a.m. and build steadily until late afternoon.  Delays will peak between 3:30-5:00 and traffic should return to posted speeds around 6:30 p.m.  Barring an accident, the delays should not be significant.  (Last year there were multiple accidents that resulted in an extra hour of travel time. Drive safe out there!)

Enjoy your weekend.

*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.