I-70 traffic is quite predictable unless affected by weather or accidents. Plan to avoid peak travel times, and enjoy a delay-free trip along I-70.  Our weekend travel forecast is updated every Thursday afternoon.

WEEKEND TRAVEL FORECAST
APRIL 16 - 18

Snow and colder temperatures in the Front Range could mean slightly more ski/snowboard users on I-70 this weekend. Expect slightly higher traffic volumes this weekend than the past few. Snow expected into Friday, but dry roads are likely for most of the weekend. Make sure you are still in compliance with the Traction Law, and keep your eye on Cotrip.org to know before you go!

Friday WB - Moderate traffic expected to last between 3pm and 7pm with delays up to 15 minutes or more. Snow could be a factor

Saturday WB - Moderate expected from 6:30am through 10am with delays of up to 20 minutes or more. Dry roads!

Saturday EB - Slowdowns possible between 2pm and 5pm but traffic should be fairly light. 

Sunday WB - Moderate traffic from 7am through 10:30am with delays of up to 15 minutes. 

​​​Sunday EB - Moderate traffic beginning at Noon and lasting through 7pm with delays of up to 25 minutes. Worst traffic is expected between 2pm and 6pm.

*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.

I-70 Daily Snow

Update

Gusty winds and increasing cloud coverage through Monday afternoon ahead of a strong cold front and very heavy snow on Monday evening. Snow continues through early Tuesday morning. Mostly dry from Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning. Another round of snow ramps up during the second half of Wednesday, heavy at times on Wednesday night. Off-and-on snow Thursday and Friday. Dry weekend. More snow next week!

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TIPS FOR I-70 MOUNTAIN TRAVEL

  • Avoid the Peak Travel Times.  If heading eastbound on Saturday or Sunday, plan to leave the mountains after 7:00 p.m. Check the weekend and holiday Travel Forecast.
  • ​​​Check the road and traffic conditions before you travel. 
  • Check out the Peak Time Deals local businesses offer to help you avoid peak travel times.
  • Spend a Sunday night in the mountains and head to work or school early Monday morning.
  • Prepare for I-70 mountain driving conditions.  Understand the Traction & Chain Laws.
  • Create or join a carpool. 
  • Consider taking a bus, train, van or rideshare  to the mountains and leave the driving to someone else. 

IMPORTANT INFO TO KNOW 

 

Weather, Road Conditions & Accidents - these are impossible to predict and can escalate the level and duration of delays dramatically. Before you travel, check one of the real time information resources!

Holiday Weekends - when a national holiday falls on a Monday, you can count on Monday afternoon eastbound traffic to mimic a typical Sunday pattern, but with potentially more volume. On the flip side, the Sunday of holiday weekends tends to have slightly less congestion than usual.

Safety Metering - Safety metering eastbound at the Eisenhower Tunnel goes into effect during periods of particularly high traffic volume. This process is in place to ensure traffic flows safely and freely through the tunnel. Expect eastbound delays when metering is in effect.

Mountain Express Lane - This eastbound express lane provides a more reliable travel time to those willing to pay the toll.  Get the ExpressToll pass to pay the posted toll rate.  Those without a pass will be billed the posted rate plus a service charge.  More info at ExpressToll.com

TYPICAL WINTER TRAFFIC PATTERNS

(December through March. Based on historical data.)

Depending on snow, resort conditions, (and pandemic) conditions, I-70 typically starts to see routine Winter weekend traffic in early-to-mid December. This is then disrupted from the days before Christmas through the weekend after New Years. Following that, traffic patterns become fairly routine through January and February (with some anomalous long weekends here and there). March is a bit less predictable (typically) due to Spring Break travelers dispersed through the month, and then routine traffic starts to fade through April. Thankfully, I-70 traffic IS AVOIDABLE, and based on years of traffic data and analysis, the information below is reliable and can help you avoid the worst of it!

Friday Westbound - There are typically moderate delays heading westbound on Friday evenings. Traffic may build between 3pm to 4pm, peak around 5pm, and end between 6pm to 7:30pm. These delays might mean an added 20 minutes to a trip from Denver to Vail.

Saturday Westbound - Significant delays of up to 45 minutes or more are expected from 6am through 10am on Saturday mornings. For best results, leave Denver before 6am or after 9:30am. 

Saturday Eastbound - Saturday eastbound traffic tends to be much lower in volume than Sunday. It is usually spread out enough that, barring an accident, there is not much congestion.

Sunday Westbound - Sunday mornings are fairly similar to Saturday mornings, however delays are sometimes slightly (5 to 10 minutes) shorter, and travelers typically leave 15 to 30 minutes later). Delays can be expected from 6:30am through 10:30am. 

Sunday Eastbound - According to historical data, eastbound traffic starts to build around 1:00pm. The weekend's peak of traffic is consistently from 3pm to 5pm all summer long. To avoid the traffic consider staying in the mountains for dinner, or spend Sunday night and head back to the Front Range early Monday morning. GoI70.com Peak time Deals provide incentives to avoid peak travel times!

 

 


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