Tips for driving I-70 President’s Day Weekend
Vail, CO Colorado
The Interstate 70 Mountain Transportation Corridor Coalition (I-70 Coalition) is offering tips for the upcoming holiday weekend to encourage convenient, safe travel along the I-70 corridor.
The Coalition, which is comprised of more than 30 private and public partners working on short and long-term solutions for congestion along the I-70 corridor, offer these tips to get motorists out of traffic and on to their destination to enjoy the snow:
– Be an overnighter, not a daytripper. Spend the night and extend the fun into the next day. Share the cost of a condo or rental unit with a group of friends. Online lodging portals like Vail On Sale (vailonsale.com) and Summit County’s summitsaver.com offer amazing lodging specials and promotions.
– Telecommute. Work with your employer to create a flexible working schedule for the holiday weekend. For example, work four 10-hour days to get a day ahead of other travelers. Not only will you avoid traffic jams, you’ll have slopes, shops and grocery aisles all to yourself.
– Travel during non-peak times. Leaving Denver on Wednesday, Feb. 13 means you’ll arrive in the mountains in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a romantic, alpine setting. Stay in the mountains until Tuesday to be sure your ski legs get the full work out they deserve.
– Look before you drive. Check on traffic and weather conditions before you leave. You can check up-to-the-minute road conditions on television Channel 22 in Summit County or on the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) travel website, http://www.cotrip.org. The I-70 Coalition’s Web site, http://www.i70solutions.org boasts three mountain webcams.
– Take the scenic route home. There are wonderful shops, visitor’s centers, microbrews, historic monuments and more along I-70. During heavy traffic times, pull over and find a fun distraction such as shopping at the unique shops along the corridor or dining at your favorite restaurant.
– Go green: Organize a group and carpool; utilize public transportation and/or shuttle services – convenient options include skicarpool.com, ridecme.com or greyhound.com. The Ski Train (www.skitrain.com) that runs from Denver to Winter Park is another creative and earth-friendly option.