I-70 News


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 around 1:30 p.m.  Last year, traffic peaked between 3:00-5:00 p.m. with 45 minute extra travel time, but there were still 30 minutes delay at 7:45 p.m.  Expect traffic to taper off soon after 9:00 p.m.   

Saturday WB - On this day last year there were 30-60 minute delays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., but there were also a couple of accidents that were major traffic contributors.  Travelers should expect heavy volumes from about 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with delays of 20-30 minutes.

Saturday EB - No delays are expected.

Sunday WB – There might be some minor slowing in the mid to late morning.

Sunday EB -Last year there were 15 minute delays between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.  Volumes have been generally heavier this summer, but the Mountain Express Lane could mitigate any potentially longer delays.

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 10:30 a.m.  The peak of traffic will occur between 12:30-4:00 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 one of CDOT’s many real-time information sources.  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.

August 24, 2017

Last Days of Summer!

Now that most schools are back in session, we are seeing lower volumes on the I-70 mountain corridor.  That makes this weekend an excellent time to fit in another trip to the high country before we move into Fall.  Avoid the peak travel times outlined below to enjoy a delay-free trip!

 Weekend Travel Forecast

Friday Westbound:  Some slowing is possible from 1:00-6:00 p.m., especially in the Floyd Hill to Idaho Springs area.  This congestion might add 15-20 minutes to your trip.

Saturday Westbound: Expect slowing between Floyd Hill and Idaho Springs between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., resulting in approximately 20 minutes extra travel time.

Eastbound Saturday:
No volume-related delays are expected.

Eastbound Sunday:
Last year there was enough volume that they metered traffic at the Eisenhower Tunnel.  There were 30 minute delays between 11:00 and 6:00 p.m.

The GoI70 Peak Time Deals are designed to keep you entertained and well-fed while you wait out the traffic.  Check out the fully searchable database of deals at GoI70.com/deals.

*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.

Last summer saw all sorts of new traffic count records through the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnels, but those records are already falling. The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that the weekend of August 4-6 set a new high count with 157,600 vehicles passing through the tunnels.  Sunday, August 6 set a new record for the highest 24 hour count – 54,659.   Perhaps we are already seeing the impacts of the influx of new residents to our beautiful state.

The state-run bus service, Bustang, just turned two years old and continues to grow statewide. The I-70 route, called the West Line, is particularly successful with ridership up 77% over last year.  The route runs daily from Glenwood Springs to Denver Union Station with stops at the Eagle Airport, Vail, Frisco, Idaho Springs and the Denver Federal Center.  Check out the details here

Weekend Travel Forecast

It is worth noting that heavy traffic is expected this weekend and through Tuesday due to folks traveling to view the eclipse.  North/south routes will see the most volume, but I-70 is likely to get some of that traffic as well.  CDOT offers these recommendations for eclipse travelers.

Friday Westbound:
  Traffic is possible between 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Saturday Westbound: Plan for congestion between 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Saturday Eastbound:
There might be delays in the 3:00-5:00 p.m. timeframe.

Sunday Eastbound:
Expect high volumes and delays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Based on historical data, travelers might experience 45 minutes extra travel time from Silverthorne to C-470 during this timeframe. The worst of the congestion will occur in the mid to late afternoon.

Monday & Tuesday: If you are traveling to witness the eclipse, check out this CDOT communication.  

*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.