I-70 News


The weather forecast calls for warm days and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms on Saturday.  Below is what you can expect for I-70 travel.

Friday WB – Traffic congestion is likely between 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Delays could result in approximately 20 minutes extra travel time from C470 to Frisco.

Saturday WB – Travelers should expect delays in the 30 minute range from 10:00 am-3:30 p.m.

Saturday EB- No volume-related delays are anticipated.

Sunday EB – Be prepared for traffic between 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., but the Mountain Express Lane will help lessen the delay.  Stay late and save with a GoI70.com Peak Time Deal.  The database is fully searchable by geographic area, and by dining, lodging and shopping/activities!

Keep an eye on the highway by checking CoTrip.org or calling 511.

*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.

Count on lots of company when traveling I-70 this Independence Holiday. The forecast calls for warm and mostly dry weather through July 5.  The I-70 Mountain Express Lane will be open as traffic volumes dictate and the data clearly shows that this eastbound tolled lane reduces travel times for all lanes.

Friday, June 30 - Westbound delays will likely begin by 11:00 a.m. and end as late as 8:30 p.m.  Last year the peak delay was 75 minutes extra travel time between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 1 - Westbound congestion is likely from 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Last year, delays peaked at 1:00 p.m. with 90 minutes extra travel time!  Eastbound traffic due to volume is not anticipated.

Sunday, July 2 - Expect heavy traffic westbound from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Delays could result in as much as 45 extra minutes travel time.  Expect eastbound traffic between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. but the Mountain Express Lane will help in managing travel times.

Monday, July 3 – This travel day is hard to gauge.  There will likely be a fair numbers of cars on the road in both directions, especially in the afternoon.  Check www.cotrip.org to see how heavy traffic is before you jump on I-70.

Tuesday, July 4 – Expect traffic eastbound. Your best bet to avoid traffic is to travel before 9:30 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m.  The worst of the traffic will occur between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Metering eastbound at the Eisenhower Tunnel is likely.

Wednesday, July 5 – Expect some eastbound slowing throughout the day as folks head back to the Front Range after the holiday.  Check CoTrip.org before you travel.

Have a fantastic Independence 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.

June 22, 2017

Summer Driving Tips!

Are you and your car ready for the 5,000 foot elevation gain and decent between Denver and the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel? Routine vehicle maintenance, route planning and proper road etiquette is essential for stress-free summer journeys on I-70. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for mountain driving this summer.

  • Plan Your Travel — Traffic congestion along I-70 is predictable, so it’s always best to plan your route and avoid the crowds. Steer clear of peak travel times to avoid bumper-to-bumper traffic – Fridays westbound between 1-6 p.m., Saturdays westbound 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Sundays eastbound between 11 a.m.-7 p.m.  Visit GoI70.com for the weekend 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.
  • Fluids — Make sure you and your vehicle are hydrated. The five and six percent grades along I-70 will task your engine, so keep coolant topped off to keep your car moving up the steep hills. For yourself, the high altitude can quickly dehydrate, turning even a minor I-70 delay into a dehydration-induced headache! Have plenty of water in your car and extra radiator coolant on hand.
  • Easy on the Brakes, Use Lower Gears—Riding your breaks down steep grades heat them up and puts your car at risk of total brake failure. Instead of grinding your brake pads, use lower gears to slow you down. For manual transmission, downshift to appropriate lower gears, and for automatic use "L" or "2" on the shift panel.
  • Use the Right Lane! — We’ve all been there, stuck behind a wall of two slow moving vehicles. Traffic can already be taxing at times on I-70 – make sure you’re not the cause of it! Use the left lane for passing other vehicles, otherwise stay in the right lane.
  • ExpressToll – If you plan to use the eastbound Mountain Express Lane, sign up for ExpressToll at www.ExpressToll.com.  That way you avoid the surcharge drivers incur when utilizing license plate billing.

Your Weekend Travel Forecast:

The mountain weather forecast is stellar for this weekend!

Friday WB – Expect slowing between 11:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Last year this heavy volume resulted in 20 extra minutes of travel time.

Saturday WB – This weekend the last two years saw 20-30 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.

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.