C-470 Team to Close Eastbound Travel from Wadsworth to Santa Fe and Lucent to University

Aug. 9, 2018 - Work Marks two Major Milestones for C-470 Express Lanes Project

Motorists should prepare for two separate full eastbound C-470 closures as crews perform traffic switches onto new permanent pavement as part of the C-470 Express Lanes project.

9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11:
Eastbound closure of C-470 from Wadsworth Boulevard to Santa Fe Drive

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Eastbound C-470 Wadsworth to Santa Fe Detour (6.4 miles)

  1. Exit the eastbound Wadsworth Boulevard off-ramp.
  2. Turn left onto northbound Wadsworth Boulevard.
  3. Proceed north to Ken Caryl Avenue and turn right.
  4. Continue on Ken Caryl Avenue until the road becomes Mineral Avenue. Take Mineral Avenue east to Santa Fe Drive.
  5. Turn right onto southbound Santa Fe Drive, then continue south to the eastbound C-470 on-ramp flyover.

9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17:
Eastbound closure of C-470 from Lucent Boulevard to University Boulevard

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Eastbound C-470 Lucent to University Detour (2.2 miles)

  1. Exit the eastbound Lucent Boulevard off-ramp.
  2. Turn left onto Lucent Boulevard north, then proceed to County Line Road and turn right.
  3. Continue on County Line Road to University Boulevard.
  4. Turn right onto southbound University Boulevard, then turn left onto the eastbound C-470 on-ramp.

  • Follow detour signs accordingly and go slow for the cone zone.
  • Construction is weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change.
  • For motorists on C-470, courtesy patrol is provided from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to assist disabled vehicles at no cost to drivers.

More than 100,000 motorists currently use this segment of C-470 each day, with volumes projected to increase 40 percent by 2035. Construction is scheduled for completion in spring 2019.

Project Info

The $276 million C-470 Express Lanes project will increase mobility and user choice along 12.5 miles of the highway, between I-25 and Wadsworth Boulevard. On westbound C-470, crews will build two additional Express Lanes from I-25 to Colorado Boulevard, and one additional Express Lane from Colorado Boulevard to Wadsworth. On eastbound C-470, they will build one additional Express Lane between I-25 and Wadsworth Boulevard.

The project also includes full reconstruction of existing pavement, the addition of auxiliary lanes at selected locations, on- and off-ramp improvements, realignment of substandard curves, widening of existing bridges, replacing the bridges over the South Platte River, the installation of tolling equipment, and new C-470 trail underpasses at Colorado and Quebec.

When complete, motorists may use the Express Lanes on C-470 for a faster, more reliable commute in exchange for paying a toll, or drive the general-purpose lanes for free.

About Express Lanes

Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times provides an option for travelers, reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times.

HOV3/Express Lanes currently are open on I-25 from downtown Denver to 120th Avenue, on US 36 from Denver to Boulder and on the I-70 Mountain Express Lane. For more information, visit the Express Lanes website. To get an ExpressToll account and pass, visit expresstoll.com.