We are now in the midst of Week 1 of Colorado's Stay at Home Order. Please avoid all non-essential travel to Summit, Eagle, Pitkin, and Gunnison County - and if you must travel, please be in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Weather related impacts are possible on Friday afternoon/evening and Sunday afternoon/evening. No traffic expected on I-70. Stay safe out there; with everyone's coorperation life will be back to normal soon!
Friday WB - No volume related delays expected. Snow showers possible through the afternoon and into the evening, leaving I-70 slippery.
Saturday WB - No volume related delays and no weather related delays expected.
Saturday EB - No volume related delays and no weather related delays expected.
Sunday WB - No volume related delays and no weather related delays expected.
Sunday EB - No volume related delays but afternoon and evening snow showers are possible.
*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.
The Governor of Colorado has issued a "Stay at Home" order from March 26th through at least April 11th with limited exceptions. The order states that only travel essential to your work or health is allowed. Visit OpenSnow.com and download the OpenSnow app to find weather forecasts for informational purposes only.Read the full forecast
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.
(Dec. through April. Based on historical data.)
With just a bit of planning travelers can enjoy More Mountains and Less Traffic. Below is the typical winter weekend traffic pattern. Although there are heavy volumes around the holidays, the most significant of delays are limited to January and February.
Friday Westbound - Light to moderate traffic is possible from about 3:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday Westbound - If you want to avoid skier traffic, plan to leave the Front Range no later than 6:00 a.m. Traffic is consistently at its worst right around 8:00 a.m. resulting in up to one hour of additional travel time. Speeds return to normal soon after Noon.
Saturday Eastbound - Saturday eastbound traffic tends to be much lower in volume than Sunday. Many Saturdays see very little congestion but it varies by weekend. To play it safe, avoid the 2:00 - 6:00 p.m timeframe.
Sunday Westbound - Traffic due to volume is not typically an issue westbound on Sunday mornings. To play it safe, avoid the 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. timeframe.
Sunday Eastbound - I-70 traffic starts to build as early as 11:00 a.m. The peak of the traffic occurs between 3:00-6:00 and drops off soon after 7:00 pm. Expect heavy traffic. To avoid the jam, stay in the mountains for dinner, or spend Sunday night and head back to work or school Monday morning. GoI70.com Peak time Deals provide incentives to avoid peak travel times!