Historically, the period between Christmas and the weekend after the New Year Holiday has proven to be a heavily congested travel period along the I-70 Corridor. Poor weather can add to these travel issues. Past data shows travel Westbound into the mountains from the metro area increases each day up to New Years Day.
The heaviest times for westbound travel tends to be between 7a and Noon but congestion can linger until early afternoon. While some people will come back each day, many will remain in the mountains through the week.
Last year, the heaviest return days started on New Years Day, with traffic volumes jumping around 9am New Years Day through 8pm, with a peak delay between 4p and 6p. The weekend after New Years is expected to be very heavy. Past data suggests that the return east starts early, with slow traffic beginning around 9am with an hour plus delay remaining through 8pm as people return after the holiday week.
CDOT encourages you to "Change your Peak Time" and return outside these heavily congested times.Reported Time: December 29th, 2014 at 8:42 AM