Flash Flood Watch issued October 5 at 9:03AM MDT expiring October 6 at 12:00AM MDT in effect for: Archuleta, Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Rio Blanco, San Juan, San Miguel
Traffic is normally heavy on Interstate 70 every weekend with people traveling to and from the mountains, but this weekend is expected to be even more crowded -- so much so that the Colorado Department of Transportation sent out an alert.
The alert warned of even longer delays on Sunday morning for eastbound drivers coming down from the mountains and peak travel times occurring earlier because of the Denver Broncos playoff game on Sunday afternoon.
The alert read:
"Heavy traffic is expected along the I-70 mountain corridor Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12. Motorists traveling eastbound on I-70 should allow for extra time. Eastbound travelers on Sunday should anticipate longer delays throughout the day. Due to Sunday events along the Front Range, peak travel times are expected earlier in the day and all motorists should expect heavy delays."
Motorists travelling eastbound I-70 through the Eisenhower tunnel this weekend are encouraged to visit www.cotrip.org or call 511 for updates on current road and traffic conditions. Travelers are encouraged to utilize facilities in Silverthorne prior to reaching the Eisenhower Tunnel. After leaving Silverthorne the next available facilities are located in Georgetown. Heavy delays are expected due to traffic counts and winter weather.
To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.coloradodot.info/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html. Updated road conditions are available at www.cotrip.org or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Download our CDOT mobile app for more information, road conditions and project updates. Up to date information is also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page www.facebook.com/coloradodot."