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Statement from Denver Public Health & Environment
on the Noise Variance Request for Nighttime Work on I-70

September 7, 2018 - Last night Denver’s Board of Public Health & Environment heard the noise variance request for nighttime work on I-70 and ruled that the variance be approved with the Department of Public Health & Environment’s (DDPHE) recommendations and an amended duration of 12 months (vs. 52 months).

The Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE), in partnership with the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), committed to a transparent and public process that allowed for meaningful community engagement. That engagement yielded strong feedback which DDPHE listened to and seriously considered, and many of the suggestions were either already included in the department’s recommendations or were added to them.

DDPHE will uphold the decision of the Board while holding the petitioner accountable to all criteria of the approval. DDPHE and NDCC pledge an open-door policy with the community and intend to continuously monitor and communicate about construction activities to ensure that the work being done is within the standards and criteria set forth in the ruling.

DDPHE appreciates the service of the Board and extends our gratitude to the community members who participated in the process.

Noise Variance Request for Nighttime Work on I-70

Public input and commentary welcome

September 6, 2018 - Denver’s Board of Public Health & Environment has received a request for a variance to Denver’s Noise Ordinance (Chapter 36 of the Denver Revised Municipal Code) associated with planned nighttime work from 2018-2022 on portions of I-70 that pass through Denver.  

As part of the variance process, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) provides a written recommendation to the Board, either to approve the request, deny the request, or approve with conditions.  The Board then makes a decision, taking into account all the information relating to the request. 

View and download DDPHE’s recommendation to the Board (PDF).

Review and download the variance request (PDF).

The Board of Public Health & Environment will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 6, 2018 to consider the variance request, and members of the public can attend and provide public comment. 

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Denver City and County Building, located at 1437 Bannock St., in the Parr Widener Conference Room, Room 389.  There is no advance sign up to comment; members of the public wishing to comment may sign in upon arrival to the venue, which will open at 5 p.m.

Each member of the public may have up to three (3) minutes. The Board, however, may facilitate the public comment period by limiting repetitive comments. For more information, please refer to the City and County of Denver “Rules Governing Hearings Before the Board of Environmental Health.” The information above regarding public comment can be found on page 16.

Please note that since the hearing is after normal business hours, only the Bannock St. (northeast entrance) will be open.  Any change to the meeting location will be posted prior to the meeting on the BPHE website (  

For more information about the hearing, please view the Board’s Notice of Public Hearing (PDF).


The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) mission is to empower Denver’s communities to live better, longer. The Public Health Inspections Division, a division of DDPHE, meets this mission by educating people who work in regulated industries and settings, investigating public health hazards, and enforcing public health laws. It is our goal to serve all citizens and customers with respect, transparency and professionalism in a timely manner. Your feedback is critical in helping us achieve our goals. Please take a moment to complete the PHI Customer Service Survey below.



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