Upcoming full closure of I-70 in Denver

January 2, 2019 - I-70 to be closed from Brighton to Colorado boulevards

DENVER– Motorists should expect a full eastbound and westbound closure of Interstate 70 from Brighton to Colorado boulevards from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 as crews conduct a load test on the viaduct to prepare for construction in and around the area. This test will help confirm construction sequencing near and adjacent to the viaduct. This work requires a full closure so crews can conduct the assessment safely.

During this activity, the following closures will also be in place:

  • Westbound Brighton Boulevard off-ramp
  • Eastbound Brighton Boulevard on-ramp
  • Eastbound York Street off-ramp
  • Eastbound  and westbound Steele/Vasquez on-and-off-ramp
  • Northbound Colorado Boulevard to westbound I-70 on-ramp    
  • 46th Avenue closed from Steele Street and west of Colorado Boulevard

Cross streets under I-70 will remain open. Eastbound I-70 will detour to northbound I-25 to westbound I-76 then to southbound I-270 to reconnect with I-70. Traffic on westbound I-70 will detour to northbound I-270 to eastbound I-76 to southbound I-25 to reconnect with westbound I-70.

Variable message signs will be in place to alert motorists of the closure.

The Central 70 Project will reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70, add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 54-year old viaduct and lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards. More information on the project, including a list of the project’s community commitments, is available at www.central70.codot.gov.