Central 70 Project to host telephone town hall

News Release

May 5, 2021 - Central/Eastern Colorado - Learn about the upcoming Mile High Shift and viaduct demolition on May 12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

DENVER — At 6:30 p.m. on May 12, motorists can learn more about the Colorado Department of Transportation Central 70 Project’s historic traffic shift and viaduct demolition through a telephone town hall. This traffic shift, also known as the Mile High Shift, will be in place by May 24 and will move all six lanes of Interstate 70 traffic (between Brighton and Colorado boulevards) from the viaduct to the future westbound lanes of I-70 in the lowered section of the Project. The Mile High Shift will allow crews to then safely demolish the structurally deficient 57-year-old viaduct and build the future eastbound lanes of I-70. 

This Mile High Shift will mark a new chapter in Colorado’s history, as I-70 will be approximately 30-feet below ground, a nearly 60-foot difference from its current elevation.

Starting at 6:25 p.m., an automated system will call residents at random to participate. Those who don't receive calls but wish to join can call toll-free, 1-855-710-6230, no pin required. Spanish translation will be provided. 

Attendees can ask questions throughout the telephone town hall that will either be answered on the call or through follow-up correspondence.

Telephone town hall speakers include: 

  • Bob Hays, CDOT Central 70 Project Director

  • Tom Howell, Kiewit Infrastructure Co. Project Director

  • Stacia Sellers, CDOT Central 70 Communications Manager

About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options. 

About the Central 70 Project

The Central 70 Project will reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70, add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 57-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, are available at central70.codot.gov.

Stay Informed

  • Text Alerts - Text Central70 to 77948

  • Email Updates - Sign up for Project updates at c70.codot.gov 

  • Website - c70.codot.gov - Traffic Impacts page 

  • Watch progress on the webcam