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March 8, 2017

Move It!

Traffic crashes — not volume — account for as much as 60 percent of all traffic delays on Interstate 70! A crash that takes 10 minutes to clear can delay traffic for up to an hour. If you’re in a minor crash where there are no injuries and drugs/alcohol are not involved, do the right thing and Move It!  Learn more from CDOT's Move It! video.   

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
Spring Break is upon us and while I-70 sees lots of volume this time of year, traffic is more spread out between the week and weekend than usual.  Traffic volume has not been significant on this weekend in the past three years but to be safe, plan to avoid the peak times outlined below.  Weather shouldn’t be a travel factor this weekend.

Friday WB –In recent years there were only minimal delays due to volume between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB- Traffic delays are likely from 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Last year travelers experienced an extra 15 minutes of travel time (C470 to Frisco) with peak delays occurring around 8:00 a.m.

Saturday EB- While the volume of traffic is not expected to be significant, there could be some slowing during the 2:00-5:00 p.m. timeframe. 

Sunday WB – Last year there were delays of 25 minute between 3:00-6:00 p.m. Check CDOT’s CoTrip.org or dial 511 to learn road conditions before you leave. 

*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.

Encouraging skiers to stay a Sunday night is one strategy that can result in a reduction of I-70 traffic during peak travel times.  Have you considered staying in the mountains on a Sunday night and leaving Monday morning for work or school?  GoI70.com features almost 50 Sunday lodging Peak Time Deals for you to choose from.  Offers range from 33% off Sunday lodging at Copper Mountain Resort to 25% off Sunday night lodging at Hotel Frisco, to a free late Sunday check-out at the Antlers in Vail.    See all the offers here

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:
The weather is predicted to be dry along the I-70 mountain corridor through Saturday but snow is possible on Sunday.

Friday WB – Some slowing due to congestion is possible 4:00-7:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB – Light to moderate traffic is likely from 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. with the peak delays occurring around 8:00 a.m. 

Saturday EB- While the volume of traffic is not expected to be significant, avoid the 1:00-5:00 p.m. timeframe just in case. 

Sunday EB –Plan to avoid the 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. time frame. 

*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.

February 21, 2017

What Will I-70 Traffic Bring?

Our friends at OpenSnow.com are calling for an active weather pattern through the end of February, and just a little bit of weather can have big impacts on Interstate 70.  Be sure to check the weather and CoTrip.org before you travel, and plan for extra travel time if snow is in the forecast.

Friday WB – There could be some slowing between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Saturday WB – Traffic will be heavy from 6:30 a.m. to about 11:00 a.m.  Last year, this congestion resulted in 30 minutes extra travel time from C470 to Silverthorne.

Saturday EB- Slower travel speeds could be encountered from about 2:00 pm.-6:00 p.m.

Sunday WB – Traffic is unlikely, unless weather or accident-related.

Sunday EB – Moderate to heavy traffic is likely between Noon and 7:00 p.m.  Avoid the rush and take advantage of a GoI70.com Peak Time Deal!

*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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