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.
General Description of Construction Activities for the Week
Crews will conduct locates for current utilities to assist design and survey. Crews will also continue soil testing to determine how it can be reused on the project. Roads will be stripped this week. Detour signage will be installed.
Crews will perform bridge inspections, repair guardrail, and install advanced warning signage on I-70 overnight throughout the week. This will cause brief and intermittent lane restrictions. Advanced warning signage will be installed overnight on I-25 and I-270 at the I-70 interchanges.
Construction activities are weather and site-condition dependent and schedules are subject to change.
West Travel Impacts (Brighton Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard)
Week of September 16
Soil testing will continue on I-70 and 46th Avenue. Expect overnight lane
restrictions on I-70 in the east segment to prepare for lane shifts. The permanent closure of 46th Avenue between Brighton Boulevard and York Street will begin. The local/frontage road between High Street and East 46th Avenue will permanently close. Visit the Project website to learn more.
Several construction activities will begin as soon as Sept. 16
There is currently a lot of construction activity in north Denver. Visit the NAVIGATE - North Denver page for updated information on available routes, detours, and road closures.
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.