HPTE to host telephone town hall Aug. 18 to discuss developer selection process for I-70 East project

August 12, 2015 - Denver Metro/CDOT Region 1 - Participants will learn about the CDOT High Performance Transportation Enterprise developer selection process for improvements to I-70 East corridor in Denver and Aurora.

DENVER -- The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) will host a telephone town hall meeting Tuesday, Aug. 18, to discuss the process and next steps to select a developer partner to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the highway in northeast Denver and Aurora.

Attendees are invited to listen to a live presentation by representatives from HPTE, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the City of Denver. The presentation will also highlight elements of an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP). Meeting attendees will be able to ask questions and provide input.

Who: Representatives from HPTE, CDOT and the City of Denver

What: Telephone town hall to discuss I-70 East developer selection process

When: 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 18

Join the Call: Calls will be made to residents in the Denver Metro area along I-70 to participate by phone. The public can also join by calling 1-877-229-8493 and entering the PIN number 112034.

The process of identifying a private-sector partner for the I-70 East corridor is lengthy and multi-phased. The selected team will help finance the project, as well as assume operations and maintenance of the project once they have designed and constructed it. The selection process is still in the early phases. Recently, four teams were selected to respond to the Request For Proposals, which will be issued as a first draft in September. A team is expected to be selected in late 2016.

Construction of phase one of the project is expected to begin in 2017. The I-70 East project will bring the first major improvements to I-70 East in over 50 years. In addition to providing one additional Express Toll Lane in each direction along the corridor, the aging I-70 East viaduct-- the last of the “30-worst” bridges in Colorado yet to be addressed-- will be removed and replaced with a lowered and partially covered highway.

The telephone town hall meetings will be hosted by HPTE and CDOT as part of their commitment to public participation and transparency. The developer selection process does not prejudge which project will be constructed, which will be determined at the end of the Environmental Impact Statement process.

In addition to the telephone town hall, CDOT and HPTE also will host three public meetings in Commerce City (August 17), Aurora (August 19) and Denver (August 20). More information on these meetings is available at to www.i-70east.com or www.coloradohpte.com.

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The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling.