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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) proposes to replace the I-70 viaduct between Brighton and Colorado and to improve the highway to Tower Road.  The highway would be widened through north Denver neighborhoods. Toll lanes would be added.  Frontage roads would be built on the north and south side of the newly configured highway.  A portion of the roadway would be below grade with a cover over the highway between Clayton and Columbine Street.  

This is more than a highway project.  This project will either decimate the neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria and Swansea or provide an opportunity to positively impact the lives of the families who live in the neighborhoods adjacent to the viaduct. 

I will not prioritize moving cars and trucks over the health of these communities.  Too many generations have lived shortened life spans and endured chronic health problems because they live in close proximity to the highway.  We have the opportunity to improve the quality of life of our residents and improve the transportation network. I am confident that Denver can work with CDOT to design a project that uses the multitude of congestion-management tools available to move traffic in the region without simply widening the highway until it sits within the current playground of Swansea School.

Throughout the public input and environmental impact assessment process I have been advocating for:  

  • A narrower footprint.  CDOT proposes to triple the width of the highway.  In some neighborhood areas the footprint grows to 20 lanes when frontage roads, slip ramps, merge lanes, etc. are counted.  The highway will be within 65 feet of an elementary school.  This is not acceptable. 
  • Stringent air quality monitoring before, during and after construction.
  • Meaningful mitigation of the air quality and other negative health impacts associated with living in close proximity to major roadways.
  • Connectivity for the neighborhoods.  The neighborhoods north of I-70 have been cut off from the rest of the city for decades.  This project further reduces north/south connections and eliminates the 46th Avenue connection that is currently used by the neighborhoods for east/west travel.