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Expect heavy travel and delays on the I-70 Mountain Corridor over President's Day Weekend and be prepared for expected winter weather on Sunday

February 14, 2020 - Be prepared for expected winter weather Sunday and Monday

DENVER - President’s Day holiday is one of the busiest travel times on the I-70 Mountain Corridor.  Motorists should give themselves extra time to reach their destinations and be ready for winter weather.  While the weather is expected to be clear with warmer temperatures over the next few days, moderate to heavy snow is possible beginning Sunday and continuing through President’s Day on Monday.  

Heaviest travel is expected today in the westbound direction and on Monday in the eastbound direction.  Travel will also be heavy tomorrow morning. The eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help ease traffic flow for motorists headed eastbound on I-70 from Empire through the Veterans Memorial Tunnels to Idaho Springs. Motorists will be able to take the Express Lane in exchange for a toll for faster travel times. 

Below are travel stats from last year’s President’s Day weekend.  A total of 174,184 motorists traveled the corridor during the holiday weekend. 

 

Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels

 

 

 

President's Day Weekend Traffic Counts

 

 

 

Westbound

Eastbound

Total

2019

 

 

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

31,663

19,023

50,686

Saturday, February 16, 2019

21,213

17,981

39,194

Sunday, February 17, 2019

18,225

25,323

43,548

Monday, February 18, 2019

15,410

25,346

40,756

Total

86,511

87,673

174,184

 

If you are headed up the I-70 Mountain Corridor:

  • Be winter ready with the appropriate tires for the weather and survival kit (extra food, water and clothes; blankets, flash lights and other gear)

  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination

  • Leave a safe driving distance behind the vehicle head

  • Be extra vigilant (drive sober, no texting, no distractions)

  • Be watchful of the weather particularly on Sunday morning through Monday

  • Know before you go and check out cotrip.org for the latest road conditions

Snowstang provides roundtrip service from the Denver Union Station or the Denver Federal Station to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Steamboat Springs.  You must purchase a ticket to reserve a seat. Cash purchases will only be allowed after all ticketed passengers have boarded. 

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