I will be heading south on the Memorial Day long weekend and plan to head down I-25 through Denver. My plan is to pass through Denver on Tuesday morning - AFTER the holiday.
What is traffic like on the I-25 through Denver ? I think I'll be passing through around 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Is it worth the extra money to take the 470 Toll Road?
Thanks for any help!
That's almost like asking if you have stopped beating your wife yet. We drove through Denver at approximately the same time but from west to east on 70. Traffic was heavy, but not backed up. Finding which radio stations provide traffic reports might serve you better as at least the info would be somewhat more current than past patterns.
How about it Denverites? What stations give the best traffic reports? Be sure to include the frequency.
Check this DenverPost article out.
Also e-470 official site,
I did not see tollbooth opened when I drove from Denver airport through 470 and I-25 N in my recent trip, so I think 470 is cashless now.
No place is with terrible traffic as in Washington DC area, so I think Denver is better anyway.
The toll road is $12.25 for 46 miles. It's 35 miles going through town. If you assume - and that's a big assumption - you travel at speed on both, it would take you 11 minutes longer to use the toll road and still cost you the $12.25 plus the cost of the stamp to mail a check back to Denver.
traffic on I-25 through town is difficult to predict given the timeframe of 10-11 in the morning. As far as I know, the traffic on E-470 is generally light (that can be an indication that locals are OK with "free" ways.
Why not drive through downtown Denver and enjoy the view of skyscraper.
I passed through Denver and took the I-25. Although there were no real problems, traffic was fairly heavy from south of Pueblo all the way to Fort Collins. That's a lot of miles (150+) of congestion, for me anyway - I'm more accustomed to driving the empty I-15 in Montana and Idaho!
Even though it is June, there are flood watches in western Wyoming AND they were predicting 10 - 14 inches of snow along the eastern slopes by Yellowstone.
I recently drove a rental car from Kansas to California. Using my Garmin, it routed me westbound on Interstate 70 then northbound on the toll road E470 to northbound I-25 and finally to westbound I-80. My question is at what point is the license plate is photographed. I didn't notice any cameras as I entered at I-70 and exited at I-25. Are there any Denver residents know of how E470 works?
All you ever want to know about the E470. https://www.expresstoll.com/Pages/Home.aspx
Thanks for the links. Am I reading the tolling location map right? Does the black squares at the intersections of I-70 and E470 as well as at the intersection of I-25 and E470 mean that there are tolls charged for entering and exiting at those points?
I think they could have done it a little better. The Solid Black is where they clock you in and clock you out. Some of the exchanges are toll free, depending on the direction you are going and where you got on.
don't forget rental companies usually charge for a toll transponder unless you tell them you don't want it
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