Projects

C-470 Express Lanes


Project Facts

  • Location: 12.5 miles of C-470, from I-25 to Wadsworth Boulevard
  • Cost: $276 million

The C-470 Express Lanes project includes:

  • adding two westbound Express Lanes from I-25 to Colorado Boulevard, and adding one westbound Express Lane from Colorado Boulevard to Wadsworth Boulevard
  • adding one eastbound Express Lane from just west of the South Platte River to I-25;
  • fully reconstructing a portion of the existing pavement;
  • adding auxiliary lanes;
  • improving portions of on- and off-ramps to current standards (including ramp metering where appropriate);
  • realigning substandard curves;
  • making safety and operational improvements between I-25 and Quebec via direct-connect ramps from I-25 to the westbound C-470 Express Lanes;
  • widening existing bridges throughout the project area;
  • replacing the bridges over the South Platte River;
  • installing water-quality features where required;
  • installing noise barriers where required;
  • installing Intelligent Transportation Systems elements and tolling equipment; and
  • adding grade separations for the multi-use trail at Quebec and Colorado.

Current and Upcoming Activities

Wadsworth to Santa Fe:
Traffic has been shifted onto new permanent concrete pavement and the newly constructed S Platte River Bridge eastbound between Platte Canyon and Santa fe; demo work of the old eastbound S Platte River bridge is complete; currently the Mary Carter Greenway Trail at the S Platte River is open. Occasionally flaggers will be posted in that area to guide users through the area when work is occurring. Work on the westbound South Platte River bridge abutment is occurring with girders expected to be set in September.

Santa Fe to Lucent:
Subgrade treatment; drainage installation; retaining wall construction; Erickson bridge approach slab work; median grading; concrete paving soon to take place; noise wall construction.

Lucent to Quebec:
Concrete paving including tie-ins at University and Broadway bridges and ramps as well as in the center median; subgrade treatment; guardrail and overhead sign installation; drainage work; ITS (light poles and tolling infrastructure in median); bridge deck repair at Broadway and University; approach slab work at the Big Dry Creek bridge; trail paving.

Quebec to I-25:
Earthwork; drainage pond grading and pipe installation; soil nail wall construction in I-25 interchange area; ITS; bridge rail work at Yosemite; Willow Creek trail now open; permanent barrier; temporary asphalt paving in median; installation of overhead signs; trail paving; bridge rehab at Acres Green; approach slab work at Yosemite; bridge column/abutment construction; girder set and bridge deck pour in near future.

Lane Closures

8 p.m. -5:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday
Alternating right and left lane closures on east and westbound C-470; traffic pace between I-25 and Wadsworth

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday:
Right- and left-lane closures on Erickson, Acres Green, University and Yosemite; partial ramp closures on Broadway, Lucent and University; traffic pace on east and westbound C-470; northbound I-25 to County Line off-ramp closures.

7 p.m. - 5:30 a.m. Monday-Friday:
Alternating right- and left-lane closures on eastbound and westbound C-470; single-lane closures on Yosemite, Acres Green, Broadway, University and Erickson.

8 p.m. - 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday:
Alternating right- and left-lane closures on eastbound and westbound C-470.

Nightly Ramp Closures

  • Monday: University EB off-ramp, Santa Fe EB off-ramp, University EB on-ramp
  • Tuesday: Broadway WB off-ramp, University EB off-ramp and Santa Fe EB off-ramp
  • Wednesday: Broadway WB off-ramp, University EB off-ramp and Santa Fe WB off-ramp
  • Thursday: University EB off-ramp, Santa Fe WB off-ramp and University EB on-ramp
  • Friday: WB Broadway off-ramp, Santa Fe WB off-ramp and University EB off-ramp
  • Saturday: Santa Fe EB on-ramp and WB off-ramp as well as Quebec EB off-ramp 

Follow posted detour signs. Construction activities area weather dependent and schedule is subject to change.


Girder Set at South Platte River Bridge

What: As part of the C-470 Express Lanes Project, crews will conduct two full freeway closures of eastbound and westbound C-470 from Wadsworth to Santa Fe Dr. These closures are necessary to install girders at the South Platte River bridge.
When: Wednesday, September 19 (WB Closure) and Thursday, September 20 (EB and WB Closure) from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Detour: Eastbound C-470 Detour: Exit Wadsworth Blvd. eastbound off-ramp. Turn left onto northbound Wadsworth Blvd., proceed north to Ken Caryl Ave. and turn right. Continue to Ken Caryl Ave. until the road becomes Mineral Ave. Take Mineral Ave. east until Santa Fe Dr. Turn right onto southbound Santa Fe, then continue south to the eastbound C-470 on-ramp fly-over.
Westbound C-470 Detour: Exit Santa Fe Dr. westbound off-ramp and turn right onto northbound Santa Fe Dr. Take Santa Fe Dr. to Mineral Ave. and turn left. Take Mineral Ave. westbound until the road becomes Ken Caryl Ave. Take Ken Caryl Ave. to Wadsworth Blvd. and turn left. Take Wadsworth Blvd. south and continue onto westbound C-470 on-ramp.
 

Eastbound C-470 Full Closure between University and Quebec

What: Two full closures of eastbound C-470 from University Blvd. to Quebec St. are planned to install permanent overhead sign structures.

When: Sunday, September 23 from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Detour: Exit University Blvd. eastbound off-ramp. Turn left onto northbound University Blvd., proceed to County Line Rd. and turn right. Continue east on County Line Rd. to Quebec St. Turn right onto southbound Quebec St., then turn left onto the eastbound C-470 on-ramp.

 

Ramp Closures for Bridge Work

What: Full closures of the northbound and southbound I-25 ramps to westbound C-470 will be in place to erect bridge columns and set girders for the new E-470 to westbound express lanes bridge.

When: Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18 from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Detour: Take northbound and southbound I-25 to northbound E-470 to Peoria exit. Take Peoria to southbound E-470 and continue onto westbound C-470. No tolls will be charged during these closures.

Full Freeway Closure at Lucent

What: As part of the C-470 Express Lanes Project, crews will conduct full freeway closures of eastbound and westbound C-470 at Lucent Blvd. These closures are necessary to complete the installation of an overhead pavement conveyor for expedited permanent concrete transportation.

When: Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18 from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Detour: Take the eastbound or westbound Lucent off-ramp, continue through the traffic signal to the Lucent Blvd. on-ramp.

Traffic Switch onto Permanent Concrete Pavement

What: In addition, a full freeway closure of westbound C-470 will take place to shift traffic onto new permanent concrete

When: Friday, September 14 from 9:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Detour: WB C-470 Broadway to Lucent Blvd North: Exit Broadway westbound off-ramp. Turn right onto northbound Broadway, proceed north to County Line Rd and turn left. Continue on County Line Rd until Lucent Blvd. Turn left onto south Lucent Blvd, then continue to the westbound C-470 on-ramp. (Detour is approximately 2.2 miles.)

WB C-470 Broadway to Lucent Blvd South: Exit Broadway westbound off-ramp. Turn left onto southbound Broadway, proceed south to Plaza Dr and turn right. Continue on Plaza Dr. until Lucent Blvd. Turn right onto north Lucent Blvd, then continue to the westbound C-470 on-ramp. (Detour is approximately 2.0 miles.)

Full Freeway Closure WB C-470 from E-470 to Yosemite

What: As part of the C-470 Express Lanes project, crews will conduct a full freeway closure of westbound C-470 from E-470 to Yosemite St. During these closures, northbound and southbound I-25 ramps to westbound C-470 will remain open. These closures are necessary to pave single lane median section for the E-470 to westbound express lane bridge.

When: Saturday, September 15 from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Detour: Take southbound E-470 to southbound I-25 and exit onto Lincoln Ave. west. Continue on Lincoln Ave. west to Yosemite St. and turn right. Take Yosemite St. north to the westbound C-470 on-ramp.


SB Lucent Dedicated Right Turn Closure to WB C-470

What: The dedicated right-hand turn from southbound Lucent Blvd onto westbound C-470 will have a full closure for paving, ramp widening construction and drainage installation.

When: Beginning mid-August for approximately six weeks. Closure is 24/7.

Vehicles will turn right at the traffic signal. See map, below.


Turn Lane Closure at University

What: The dedicated right-hand turn from southbound University Blvd onto westbound C-470 will have a full closure for paving, ramp widening construction and drainage installation.

When: Beginning in mid-August for approximately six weeks. Closure is 24/7.

Non-commercial vehicles will turn right at the traffic signal.

Truck Detour: Commercial vehicles will continue through the traffic signal at the westbound C-470 on-ramp. Continue south to Dad Clark Dr and turn right. Take Dad Clark Dr approximately 2 miles to Broadway. Turn right on Broadway and continue to westbound C-470 on-ramp. (Detour is approximately 2.23 miles.)

Highline Canal Trail Closure

What: There will be a full closure of northbound and southbound Highline Canal Trail C-470 Underpass. This closure will be utilized to create a safe work zone for wall construction.

When: Beginning the morning of Aug. 8 and continuing for approximately three months The trail will be closed 24/7.

Detour:

  • Northbound Highline Canal Trail underpass detour (approximately 0.8 miles):
    1. Take Plaza Drive west toward Erickson Boulevard.
    2. At Erickson Boulevard turn right, continue north to County Line Road, and turn right.
    3. Proceed west on County Line Road to Primo Road and turn right.
    4. Take Primo Road to Highline Canal Trail and proceed north.
  • Southbound Highline Canal Trail underpass detour (approximately 0.8 miles):
    1. Take Primo Road north to County Line Road and turn left.
    2. Proceed on County Line Road west to Erickson Boulevard and turn left.
    3. Proceed south on Erickson Boulevard to Plaza Drive, turn left onto Plaza Drive, and continue to Highline Canal Trail south.

Broadway Turn Lane Full Closure

What: The westbound C-470 off-ramp dedicated right-turn lane onto northbound Broadway will have a full closure for paving, ramp widening construction and drainage installation.

When: Thursday, July 19 for approximately six weeks
Closure is 24/7

Vehicles will turn right at the traffic light. See map below.


Lane Closure on Eastbound C-470

What: The right lane on eastbound C-470 will be closed from Yosemite off-ramp to I-25/E-470 ramps to perform wall construction, roadway widening, barrier setting, drainage installation and lane striping.

When: Beginning July 3 for approximately 10 weeks, right lane closure will be in place 24/7.

Two lanes of C-470 will remain open between Yosemite and I-25/E-470. The far-right lane is now the exit lane to Yosemite. Motorists should be prepared for delays in this area.

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