Purpose & Need

This project Purpose and Need statement was developed during the Planning and Environmental Linkages Study, and confirmed during early stages of the NEPA effort.


  • Reduce congestion;
  • Optimize operations;
  • Improve safety; and
  • Accommodate multimodal connections at the I-70 Kipling Street interchange.

Problem Definition

The existing design and configuration of the interchange no longer accommodates travel demands. Kipling Street is an important transportation corridor supporting mobility and economic activity in Jefferson County, including the cities of Wheat Ridge and Arvada. Improvements are needed to:

  • Meet current and future traffic demands.
  • Improve operational efficiency of the interchange.
  • Improve traveler safety through the interchange.
  • Accommodate multimodal connections.

View the full Purpose and Need Statement, developed during the PEL Study, dated May 2012.