Driving times on Interstate 70 decreasing

This might be hard to believe, but the average peak-period travel time on eastbound Interstate 70 from Vail to C-470 on the west end of the Denver metropolitan area has actually declined.

Sure, it’s not much of a decline, but according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the average travel time on that stretch of highway in 2014 was 108 minutes. In 2017, that time had shrunk to 96 minutes. The non-peak average is about 80 minutes.

That decrease in travel time has been mirrored for the westbound trip, albeit to a lesser level. Again, the most-delayed year was 2014, when the average trip from C-470 to Vail took 99 minutes. By 2017, that time had dropped to 92 minutes.

Those shortened travel times have come as the number of vehicle miles driven on the corridor has risen from 536 million to 587 million — an increase of roughly 9 percent.

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