Central 70 between I-25 and Chambers Road, is one of Colorado's economic backbones. It is home to 1,200 businesses, providing the regional connection to Denver International Airport and carrying upwards of 200,000 vehicles per day. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is bringing this aging highway into the 21st century and rejoining communities along the way.
After more than ten years of extensive study, the CDOT recommended to the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement the partial cover lowered option as preferred alternative, which was developed with community input and has broad public support.
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:
The CDOT has made a number of commitments to the local community as part of the Central 70 Project, and is working alongside the city to uphold and implement them. The commitments cover a range of issues, from mitigating the impacts of construction noise and dust to contibuting to affordable housing and fresh food access.
The Central 70 Project seeks to bring a number of improvements that include:
Construction is expected to start in summer 2018
Rendering of the future cover over Central 70 at Swansea Elementary
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.