Travel Forecast Road conditions

Thanksgiving Travel Forecast:

Fortunately, I-70 is congestion free the majority of the time and traffic is quite predictable, weather and accidents withstanding. 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 traffic due to volume shouldn’t be an issue this weekend. Other than rain on Friday, the weather is supposed to be sunny. Enjoy a great weekend in the mountains!

*The Travel Forecast is based on historical data, along with an estimation of how weather, construction, public events and other factors might impact travel.

Summer Traffic Patterns

(June through September)

I-70 sees lots of weekend travelers from the first week of June through Labor Day, and the information below can help you plan your trip around the traffic. September weekends see a similar pattern of congestion, but delays are not as significant.

Friday westbound– There are occasionally moderate delays heading westbound on Friday evenings. Traffic may build between 2:00-3:00 p.m., peak around 4:00 p.m., and end between 6:00-7:00 p.m. These delays might mean an added 20 minutes to a trip from Golden to Vail.

Saturday and Sunday WB – traffic is well-distributed westbound on weekend mornings. The exception to this is the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend where moderate delays may occur from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Saturday EB- 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 EB – According to historical data, eastbound traffic starts to build around 11:00 a.m. The peak of traffic is consistently at 4:00 pm all summer long. With folks trying to enjoy every bit of daylight in the mountains, the traffic typically doesn’t diminish until approximately 7:00-8:00 p.m. 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.

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