I-70, ski season and road construction: A challenging combination

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DENVER -- The snow is falling, resorts are cranking up the lifts and construction continues on Interstate 70. The Colorado Department of Transportation is putting the finishing touches on it’s I-70 toll lane construction.

“This weekend, we’ll be doing work on I-70 both eastbound and westbound on Saturday,” CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong said.

It will be the same pattern -- I-70 construction on Saturday, not Sunday -- through Thanksgiving.

“The work will really happen between Empire and Idaho Springs and so what we’re going to try and do is start westbound and work that later in the morning and pick up eastbound earlier in the afternoon to accommodate for some of that traffic,” Wilfong said.

After Thanksgiving, CDOT hopes construction will only take place on the weekdays. The project is expected to be finished in mid-December.

“I like to see that they’re trying,” said one person headed up I-70. “I’m not sure it’s going to work and I’m interested to see how some of their strategies this winter are going to turn out.”

Until then, everyone has their own secret ways of avoiding the traffic.

“If you’re in the mountains coming back, I don’t know if I want to tell everyone my secret, but I always recommend staying until 8 or 9 p.m. on Sunday to avoid the traffic,” one Colorado native said.

“The key is going at random times. Late at night, early in the morning, and if you have a place to stay in the mountains I’d suggest staying there and coming back early Monday morning.”

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