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August 9, 2017

Real Time I-70 Road Info

Preparation is essential for any summertime trip to the Rocky Mountains. Food, water and sunscreen are a few no-brainers for any trek up the hill, but real-time travel information for the drive cannot be overlooked.  GoI70.com encourages the use of these CDOT travel resources:

  • Text Alerts via GovDelivery - Sign up for Text Alerts
    • Receive the latest updates on I-70 traffic, weather and road conditions via text message
  • Email Alerts via GovDelivery - Sign up for Email Alerts
    • Receive the latest updates on I-70 traffic, weather and road conditions via email
  • WebsiteCoTrip.org
    • Website offers:
      •  Interactive maps with live cameras on I-70, road conditions, speeds and road work
      • Route information from various highways across the state
      • Travel alerts for I-70, I-25 US 36 and general statewide alerts
  • Call 511 from any phone
    • Call for the latest traffic reports and up-to-the-minute reporting on accidents and estimated time travels

Weekend Travel Forecast
Afternoon thunderstorms are in the forecast for the entire weekend.  This could cause additional slowing on I-70.

Friday WB:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 11:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill area, and peak in the early evening.   Congestion should abate by 8:00 p.m.

Saturday WB: There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic this summer between Floyd Hill and the Eisenhower Tunnel.  Expect congestion between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., reaching peak delays of 20-30 minutes between 10:00 and 3:00 p.m. 

Saturday  EB:
There could be some slowing between 2:30 and 5:00 p.m. 

Sunday EB:
It is interesting that on this weekend over each of the last four years, there were multiple accidents. Keep it slow and safe out there!  Congestion is likely to begin by 10:30 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.  The most significant delays last year occurred between 1:30 and 5:00 with 30 minutes extra travel time from Frisco to C470.  Metering at the Eisenhower Tunnel is a possibility.

*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 3, 2017

Weekend Travel Forecast

It will be worth your time to plan your travel on I-70 this weekend!  The weather forecast shows a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, as is typical this time of year. Below are the projected traffic patterns, accidents withstanding.

Friday Westbound:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 11:30 a.m. and last as late as 7:30 p.m.  In recent years, delays peaked at 40 minutes extra travel time between C470 and Frisco during the 3:00-4:00 timeframe.

Saturday Westbound: Expect congestion to develop around 9:00 a.m. and clear out about 4:00 p.m.  The last two years the traffic peaked with 20 minute delays.

Saturday Eastbound:  Traffic is fairly spread out eastbound on Saturdays and traffic due to volume has not been an issue so far this summer. 

Sunday Eastbound:  Expect the typical Sunday summer pattern. This Sunday on previous weekends, traffic started building around 10:30 a.m., peaked between 1:00 and 4:30, and the highway congestion cleared by 7:00 p.m.  This weekend last year, travelers experienced only 20 minute delays when traveling between Frisco and C470, thanks to the Mountain Express Lane being open.

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*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.

A little known fact — July is the busiest travel month through the Eisenhower Tunnel. That’s why regulating traffic at the tunnel is vital, and Safety Metering is a crucial tool to manage heavy traffic. 

Safety Metering ensures emergency vehicles are able to pass through the tunnel. While drivers may be stopped an average of 20 minutes due to Safety Metering, the overall delay is fewer than five minutes, as you’ll quickly catch up with the eastbound cars ahead of you. When traveling through the corridor this summer be aware of the two types of metering:

1.            Continuous-Flow Safety Metering:  Occurs on the approach to the Eisenhower Tunnel. An alternating red and green stoplight cycles every four to eight seconds to keep traffic moving consistently through the tunnel. As a result, traffic on the tunnel’s east side gradually dissipates.

2.            On-Ramp Safety Metering: Occurs at eastbound on-ramps at Copper Mountain, Frisco, Silverthorne and Loveland. This type of metering is more familiar, occurring on highway and Interstate on-ramps throughout Denver.

Visit GoI70.com/travel for a weekly I-70 travel forecast, check CoTrip.org or call 511 from anywhere in Colorado for road conditions throughout the state, and sign up for GovDelivery for text/email alerts.

Weekend Travel Forecast

This weekend historically sees high traffic volumes on I-70, but use the info below to avoid the jam!

Friday WB – Traffic will likely develop around 11:00 a.m. and last as late as 8:00 p.m.  The worst of the traffic is likely to occur between 2:00-7:00 p.m. with up to a 30 minute delay. 

Saturday WB – There has been heavy Saturday westbound traffic on this day the last few years.  Expect congestion to develop around 9:00 a.m. and clear out around 5:00 p.m.  During much of this timeframe last year, travelers experienced up to 40 minutes additional travel time from C470 to Frisco.

Saturday EB – No volume-related delays are anticipated

Sunday EB – Expect traffic between 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., with the heaviest traffic occurring mid-afternoon.  The I-70 Mountain Express Lane will help keep traffic moving, but be prepared for possible metering at the Eisenhower Tunnel.   

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*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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