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The Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise announced increased safety enforcement along the I-70 mountain corridor. Additional patrolling along the I-70 Mountain Express Lane between Empire and Idaho Springs will help to create a safer driving environment, reduce unsafe driving behaviors and increase the overall efficiency and throughput. Common traffic violations include speeding and weaving in and out of the Express Lane.

“To ensure safety on the road, drivers should enter and exit the Express Lane at designated entry/exit points at Empire Junction or right before the Veterans Memorial Twin Tunnels. It might be tempting to cross the solid yellow line, when I-70 is congested, but the Colorado State Patrol wants to remind all drivers to obey traffic rules and speeds,” said Colorado State Patrol Captain Matthew Secor.

The I-70 Mountain Express Lane runs 13 miles along eastbound I-70 from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels in Idaho Springs. The I-70 Mountain Express Lane is only open during peak periods of travel, such as weekends and holidays. When the Express Lane is not open, roadway signage indicates it is closed and is used as a shoulder for emergency purposes.

Weekend Travel Forecast
Mostly sunny skies are forecasted for the entire weekend along the I-70 mountain corridor. 

Friday WB:  Heavy traffic is likely to develop as early as 1:00 p.m. in the Floyd Hill area, and peak between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. with 20 minutes additional travel time. 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 on a trip C470 to Silverthorne. 

Saturday  EB:
There could be some slowing between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., but delays shouldn’t be significant.

Sunday EB:
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 40 minutes extra travel time from Frisco to C470.  Metering at the Eisenhower Tunnel is likely.

*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 2, 2018

Summer Drive Tips

To make your I-70 trip as stress-free as possible, GoI70.com is sharing 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.  You can find a travel forecast specific to this weekend at GoI70.com/travel. Check CoTrip.org or call 511 from anywhere in Colorado for road conditions throughout the state.
  • Use the Right Lane! — We’ve all been there, stuck behind a wall of too 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.
  • 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.

Save travels and enjoy your time in the mountains!

July 26, 2018

Traffic Metering on I-70

A surprise to many, July is the busiest travel month through the Eisenhower Tunnel. That’s why regulating traffic at the tunnel is vital, and metering is a crucial tool to manage heavy traffic. 

While drivers may be stopped due to I-70 metering, the overall delay is fewer than five minutes, as you’ll quickly catch up with the eastbound cars ahead of you. Safety Metering ensures that traffic doesn’t become gridlocked in the tunnel.  It is critical to the safety of the traveling public that emergency vehicles are able to pass through the tunnel if needed. 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, Loveland, Empire and Idaho Springs. 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.

This Weekend’s Travel Forecast

This weekend historically sees high traffic volumes on I-70, so plan accordingly if you want to avoid traffic.

Friday WB – Traffic will likely develop around 10:00 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 30 minutes 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 3:30 p.m.  Last year traffic peaked at 11:00 a.m. with 30 minutes additional travel time from C470 to Frisco.

Saturday EB – No significant delays are anticipated, but traffic will be thick from about 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Sunday EB – Expect traffic between 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., with the heaviest traffic occurring mid-afternoon.  In recent years the delays resulted in an extra 45 minutes of travel time from Silverthorne to C470. The I-70 Mountain Express Lane will help keep traffic moving through Clear Creek County, but be prepared for possible metering at the Eisenhower Tunnel.   

Need a reason to stay late?  Check out some of the local deals on dining, shopping and Sunday night lodging at GoI70.com/deals

Have a great 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.


 

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