The Interstate 70 corridor between I-25 and Tower Road is Colorado’s only east-west Interstate connection serving as an essential backbone of state and regional commerce, moving residents and tourists between the airport, downtown Denver, and the communities and resorts to the west. The viaduct (the elevated portion of I-70 on a bridge) was constructed in the early 1960s, and is reaching the point where it must be reconstructed to safely convey the traveling public and freight that keeps the Colorado economy moving.
After more than ten years of extensive study, which included reviewing over 200 options, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recommended a “preferred alternative” to the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Partial Cover Lowered (PCL) option on the exisiting alignment would:
This alternative was developed over many years of work with community input and has broad public support, including from elected officials.
Rendering of the future cover over Central 70 at Swansea Elementary
The purpose of the project is to implement a transportation solution that improves safety, access, and mobility and addresses congestion on I-70. The need for this project results from the following issues:
Construction is expected to start June 2018
The CDOT Central 70 Project and the City of Denver are partnering to provide home improvements to those living closest to the I-70 viaduct. The purpose of this program is to reduce noise and dust during construction by providing improvements that help insulate homes.