C-470 Express Lanes

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What's New?

Project construction officially started on November 1, 2016. Travelers should now see new signage, construction equipment, and increased activity along mainline C-470 between Lucent and Quebec.

Temporary concrete barrier has been set along the shoulder to allow workers to safely perform work such as earthwork, installation of conduit for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment, soil compaction for the future trail and road-widening work, drainage operations, detour paving, potholing for utilities, surveying and geotechnical drilling for soil testing. The Broadway and mainline C-470 intersection between Quebec and Lucent has been restriped, and bridge foundation work is underway at Broadway, University, and Big Dry Creek.

New bridge girders have been set at the Broadway and University bridges for bridge widening and erection of girders for Big Dry Creek widening is anticipated for early May. Parts of the Centennial Trail between Broadway and Big Dry Creek have been relocated with asphalt pavement. Be sure to follow detour signs and obey flaggers when present. Most recently, concrete for the new Centennial Trail has been paved near Broadway on westbound C-470.


Activities and Lane Closures for 5/28/17-6/3/17*

Daytime Lane Closures

  • Thursday (6/1)-Friday(6/2) 8:30am-3:30pm: Northbound Yosemite right and left turn pocket closure for utility potholing.
  • Saturday (6/3) 5am-11am: Northbound University double right lane closure and southbound single right lane closure for concrete paving.

Nighttime Lane Closures

  •  Tuesday (5/30)-Wednesday (5/31) 9pm-5:30am: Eastbound C470 right lane closure for variable message sign (VMS) maintenance near Holly St.
  • Wednesday (5/31) 10pm-5:30am: Westbound C470 right lane closure for VMS maintenance near Quebec.
  • Tuesday (5/30)-Saturday (6/3) 10pm-5:30am: East and westbound C470 alternating right and left lane closures for median widening earthwork; asphalt chipping at Yosemite and Acres Green; Broadway bridge deck edge demo; VMS repair.
  • Tuesday (5/30)-Saturday (6/3) 7pm-5am: North and southbound Broadway alternating double left lane, right lane, and sidewalk closures for bridge deck edge demo.

Note: The traffic control supervisor determines if closures need to be adjusted to provide a safe method of handling traffic conditions if curves, hills, etc. are present. *All lane closures are weather dependent.

See a brief overview of the April 2017 open house.

Project Overview

The C-470 Express Lanes project will increase mobility and user choice along 12.5 miles of C-470 between I-25 and Wadsworth Boulevard. The $276 million project includes the following improvements:

  • Mobility Improvements:
    • Two additional westbound Express Lanes constructed from I-25 to Colorado Boulevard, and one additional Express Lane from Colorado Boulevard to Wadsworth.
    • One additional eastbound Express Lane constructed along the length of the project, between I-25 and Wadsworth Boulevard.
  • Additional safety and infrastructure improvements:
    • full reconstruction of existing pavement
    • new 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 project is funded by $110.6 million in combined state and federal funding, and $10 million from Douglas County. The remainder will be funded via a loan repaid by toll revenues from the Express Lanes.

About Express Lanes

The C-470 Express Lanes project will add Express Lanes in addition to the existing, free general-purpose lanes. Drivers will always have a choice of using the free existing lanes or paying a toll to use the Express Lane.

There will be no HOV/carpool lanes within the C-470 corridor.

Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes are currently open on:

For more information, visit CDOT's Express Lanes website

You can also find lane closure information any time.

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