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December 23, 2013

Holiday Travel on I-70

Weather in the high country will be snowy December 23-24, but then mild through Tuesday, Dec 31.  There is a good chance for snow January 1, so definitely plan for extra travel time given the traffic forecast below!

Looking at historical traffic patterns for this week, the heaviest of traffic is expected to be as follows:

Holiday Travel Forecast
Looking at historical traffic patterns for this week, the heaviest of traffic is expected to be as follows:

Eastbound I-70
Dec 23, Tuesday
Dec 26, Thursday
Dec 27, Friday
Dec 28, Saturday
Dec 29, Sunday
Jan 1, Wednesday  This will very possibly be the heaviest traffic day of the Christmas/New Year holiday.              

Eastbound traffic will likely be heaviest between 2:00-7:00 p.m. on the above days.   Westbound traffic tends to be spread across multiple days so isn’t typically as much of an issue, weather and accidents withstanding.

*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.

Happy Holidays from GoI70!

Weather in the high country will include light snow all weekend, with accumulations of 3-6”.  Snow has been falling in Summit County since early Friday morning, and the roads are already snow packed and slick.  Plan for extra travel time!

 

Weekend Travel Forecast

Check back on Monday for the Christmas/New Year Holiday forecast!

Friday WB - Light traffic is possible from about 4:00-8:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB - Light traffic is possible from 6:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. with the peak around 7:30-8:00 a.m. 

Sunday WB - No significant delays due to volume are expected.  Weather is always a wild card.

Saturday EB- No significant delays due to volume are expected. Weather is always a wild card.

Sunday EB – Based on this same weekend last year, no significant delays due to volume are expected.  If you want to play it safe, avoid the 3:00-5:00 p.m. timeframe. 

*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.

 

Happy Holidays from GoI70!

For the first time in almost 50 years, there is new capacity on the I-70 mountain corridor.  The new, eastbound lane from Idaho Springs to Floyd Hill is open as of today!  There are now three lanes through this section, a much-improved tunnel as far as lighting and aesthetics, and some of the dangerous curves east of the Twin Tunnel have been straightened a bit for safety.    This is hopefully the first of more I-70 improvements to come!

Weekend Travel Forecast
The weather is expected to be sunny and dry this weekend.  Based on this same weekend in recent years, here is what you might expect for traffic patterns this weekend.

Friday WB - Light traffic is possible from about 4:00-8:00 p.m. 

Saturday WB - Moderate traffic is possible from 6:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. with the peak around 7:30-8:00 a.m. 

Sunday WB - Sunday morning WB traffic is typically lighter than Saturday morning. No significant delays are expected.

Saturday EB- This weekend last year, there were no Saturday eastbound delays. 

Sunday EB – Based on this same weekend last year, traffic will likely build around 3:00 p.m., peak between 4:00-5:00 and drop off soon after 7:00 pmThe peak delay last year was 40 minutes at 5:00 p.m.

*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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