I-70 News

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November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving Holiday Travel

Historically, westbound traffic is spread out during the Thanksgiving holiday week and weekend, but the heaviest volumes will occur on Wednesday and again Saturday morning.  Eastbound delays are very possible on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  Snow is in the forecast along the I-70 mountain corridor for Thursday night, and again Saturday so plan for slower travel.

View the detailed holiday week and weekend forecast here.

November 15, 2018

Colorado's Traction Laws

With the ski season just underway, this is a great time to review the Passenger Traction and Chain Laws.  Colorado has two laws designed to keep travelers safe, traffic moving, and roads open — the Passenger Traction Law (Code 15) and the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16).  When issued, the Traction Law requires motorists to have snow tires, tires with mud/snow (M+S) designation, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires, regardless of the vehicle, must have a minimum one-eighth inch tread.If weather conditions worsen, the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law may go into effect, meaning all vehicles will be required to have tire chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock). Failure to comply with either law, especially if a motorist delays or blocks traffic, may result in a fine ranging from $130-$650.  Check to make sure your tires are in good shape with the quarter test!

Weekend Travel Forecast
Snow is in the forecast for the I-70 mountain corridor from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.

Friday WB:  There could be slow moving traffic from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Delays will likely be 15 minutes or less if traveling between C470 and Silverthorne.

Saturday WB: Snow could play a role in travel so be prepared for slower speeds and winter driving conditions.  Expect some volume and minor delays from 6:30-11:30 a.m., with the heaviest volume occurring around 8:00 a.m.

Saturday EB:  No volume-related delays are anticipated but expect snow and winter driving conditions.

Sunday EB: The typical Sunday pattern should be expected with volumes starting to increase around Noon and ending before 6:30 p.m. Delays might be as much as 20 minutes for travel between Silverthorne and C470.

*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.

November 8, 2018

Do You Know OpenSnow?

GoI70.com helps you avoid I-70 traffic, CoTrip.org tells you the current road conditions, and OpenSnow.com can help you plan for your next powder day with detailed snow forecasts for the I-70 corridor. Not a snow rider?  OpenSnow’s weather forecast can inform you when travel might be impacted by winter weather. They are up and running for the season, so check out OpenSnow.com to learn when, where, and how much snow is expected.

Weekend Travel Forecast
It’s hard to forecast traffic for this weekend as it is highly unusual to have such good early season ski conditions!  How many Front Range folks are chomping at the bit to ski?  The weather should be mild until Sunday afternoon, when there is a 70% chance of snow throughout the I-70 mountain corridor.

Friday WB:  No congestion-related delays are anticipated but there might be some thick traffic from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday WB:  If volumes are high enough to cause slowing, it will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Saturday EB: No congestion-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB: Although there might be a moderate volume of cars on the road from Noon-4:00 p.m., weather will likely play a larger role in travel.  Be prepared for winter driving and slower speeds. 

 *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.


 

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