Is it difficult getting to downtown Denver on I-70 during peak commuting times?The opinions expressed here are those of the individual and not those of StreetAdvisor. Report
Lynn A. Zenger PRO 2yrs+
The old adage that there is more than one way to skin a cat applies to commuting to downtown. The freeway is not the only route. You can take I-70 to Federal, exit, and go south to Speer Blvd., hang a left and take Speer right into Auraria. If the freeway is bogged all the way to Ward, then just go south on Youngfield, or Kipling, or Wadsworth to 38th Ave., East to Federal, then onto Speer. These are just some example of alternates. I have used those alternate routes when the freeway has bogged down and found them to be very workable.
You should be able to make the 8:30 class, but I would still leave a buffer of time (7:15) for the unexpected if you don't have any friends in the class. Remember, you are going to be traveling into the rising sun, so it will be harder for motorists to see, therefore impacting you by either slower traffic or possibly more accidents. Really, I would suggest you try it for a week at different time intervals (if you have that luxury before classes) to know for certain.
Well, it really depends on how you like to drive. If, let's say, you are from the frenetic bustle of the east coast and you are only truly happy driving when your bumper is nearly touching the tailpipe in front of you - then you will think the drive is cake! If, however, you are from a small, quiet town I would suggest having someone else play limo driver for you while you pay for the gas! From approximately 6:30 - 9:30 am and 3 - 6:30 pm the drive can be frustrating due to frequent stops, slower moving traffic, and the inevitable organ donors whipping between traffic. Yet, if you have infinite patience it really does not take very long to approach downtown, even from locations near the outskirts of suburbia like Wheatridge or near DIA. It is pretty much a straight shot downtown and the lights for traffic emerging onto the highways have greatly reduced problems with traffic flow. There will be days, however, that you will inevitably be late because one person in front of you is having a bad day and made a mistake. My suggestion is that it really is not that bad if you have patience and you should pad your departure time to arrive promptly.