I-70 Bridges over Ward Road

Travel Alert - June 7 & June 8
  • Full Overnight Closure Ward Road on ramp to westbound I-70 - 7 p.m. June 7 to 6 a.m. June 8
  • Starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 and lasting until approx. 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, the Ward Road/CO 72 (Exit 266) on ramp to westbound I-70 will be fully closed
  • The recommended detour route is: south on Ward Rd to W. 44th Ave., south on Youngfield St, and west to W. 40th Ave. to Clear Creek Drive to re-enter westbound I-70 at Exit 264 (Clear Creek Dr/32nd Ave).
  • The detour will add approximately 2 miles and 5 minutes to travel times
  • Motorists can expect delays
    A single eastbound I-70 lane closure will also be in place from 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 to 6 a.m. Thursday for access to the site
  • All construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change

About the Project:

This state funded project is part of CDOT’s 10-Year Plan and is designed to replace two aging bridges on I-70 over Ward Road to support increased traffic on the I-70 corridor. It is also the third of several planned bridge replacement projects along I-70 and signifies CDOT’s commitment to upgrading vital infrastructure to maintain public safety.

Built in the 1960s, the structures have undergone frequent repairs and maintenance over the years. Age, heavy usage, and seasonal weather have all contributed to both bridges reaching the end of their lifespans and being replaced to meet today’s standards. Work will be performed in four phases with a completion date of late 2024.

The first phase of the project entails setting temporary barrier, filling in the median between both bridges, and shifting traffic along mainline I-70. This phase is expected to last until late summer, with minor impacts to traffic on I-70 and Ward Road.

Phases II and III will include removing and replacing both bridges and making safety improvements, with an expected duration of twelve months. During this safety critical portion of the project’s work, motorists can expect lane closures and traffic impacts on both I-70 and Ward Road during overnight hours, and to plan for delays and exercise caution along a six-mile stretch of I-70 that includes bridge replacement work at Exit 270 (Harlan St.) and Exit 264 (32nd Ave). Occasional full closures of Ward Road under I-70 can also be expected during bridge removal and girder placement work. During these closures, detours will be in place to safely route traffic.

The fourth phase of the project includes resurfacing Ward Road from W. 44th Ave. to the I-70 interchange which is estimated to take approximately one month. CDOT anticipates some lane closures and other minor impacts to travel during this final phase of work.

View the I-70 Ward Road Bridges Project Overview Presentation

Work this Week & Lane Closures
I-70 Bridges over Ward Road

Project Facts

  • Cost: $16.4 Million
  • Contractor: Lobato Construction
  • Timeline: February 2023 - October 2024
  • Location: I-70 over Ward Road (Exit 266 Ward Rd/CO 72)
    • City: Wheat Ridge
    • Mile Points: 265 to 266.5 (I-70)
    • Mile Points: 0 to 0.25 on Ward Road (W. 44th Ave)

Ward Road map

Project Benefits

  • Replace aging bridges with a single structure built to today's standards
  • The new bridge will be wider and more durable, with a lifespan of 75 years
  • Safety guardrail, wider shoulders and other features will be added

Work Schedule

  • Work is expected to begin in late February 2023 and last until November 2024.
  • Working hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday with safety critical work performed overnight. 

Traffic Impacts

Motorists can expect the following during construction:

  • Daytime and overnight lane closures in both directions of Ward Rd/CO 72 under I-70 from 44th Ave. to the westbound I-70 interchange
  • Occasional lane closures will exist overnight on I-70 from MP 266.5 to MP 265 for equipment mobilization and access to the site
  • Reduced speeds, traffic shifts and narrowed lanes can be expected

Please refer to the link to COtrip above for weekly lane closures and real-time travel conditions