Be ready for very heavy traffic on EB I-70

Posted at 9:17 AM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-03 15:12:43-05

"Very heavy" traffic is expected on eastbound Interstate 70 through this evening as people return to Denver after holiday vacations.

Delays of more than an hour are possible, The Colorado Department of Transportation tweeted early Sunday.

The I-70 Mountain Express Lane, which is available during peak travel times, opened at 9 a.m., according to CDOT.

The 13-mile toll lane runs from Empire to Idaho Springs.

The toll lane fees range from $3 to $30, depending on traffic. 

A crash briefly shut down the highway and Mountain Express around noon.