I-70 Picadilly Design-Build Project

About the Project:

The area near Denver International Airport is rapidly developing and is the heart of a planned Colorado Aerotropolis—a collaborative effort to develop the area surrounding the airport into a world-class residential, commercial, industrial, and logistics community. Today, there is a gap in the arterial roadway grid on Picadilly Road at I-70 that negatively impacts local and regional traffic and freight transporters traveling to and from the rapidly developing Colorado Aerotropolis area. The insufficient infrastructure connectivity results in severe congestion on Tower Road and Gun Club Road, which run parallel to Picadilly Road to the west and east, respectively.

The I-70 Picadilly Design-Build Project (Project) will construct a new diverging diamond interchange on I-70 at Picadilly Road in Aurora, Colorado. The Project will facilitate much-needed north-south connectivity on Picadilly Road and provide critical local access to I-70 for the growing development in the Colorado Aerotropolis area. The interchange will improve access for freight commerce, ease congestion, improve safety, and drive job creation, while supporting the Colorado Aerotropolis as a rapidly expanding economic hub.

Additionally, the Project intends to provide the logical full-movement connection for US-40 and Business 70 (Colfax Avenue) to I-70 in the most efficient manner. This is key to providing transportation network clarity and expectation to customers seeking access to and coming from the US-40 corridor immediately west of this interchange.

Project Benefits

  • The region is expected to experience many additional benefits from the project. These include:
  • Reduction of emissions, freight time and hauling costs.
  • Minimized out-of-direction travel for area residents and businesses.
  • Savings of up to $132 million in vehicle-operating and travel time.
  • Reduced congestion and bottlenecks.

Work Schedule & Traffic Impacts:

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I-70 Picadilly Design-Build Project

Project Facts

  • Construction Cost: $69,985,300
  • Contractor: City of Aurora Project
  • Timeline: August 31, 2023 to October 31, 2025
  • Location: I-70 at Picadilly Road  
    • Nearest Town/City: Aurora
    • Mile Point(s): 309 to 290
    • County: Adams