A new name for a project that is Central to Communities, Connections, Commerce and Colorado
Central 70, between I-25 and Chambers Road, is one of Colorado's economic backbones: home to 1,200 businesses, providing the regional connection to Denver International Airport and carrying upwards of 200,000 vehicles per day. It's time to bring this aging highway into the 21st century and rejoin communities along the way.
The Central 70 project proposes to reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 East, add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 50-year old viaduct, lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards, and place a four-acre cover over a portion of the lowered interstate.
An active and vibrant public space is planned for Colorado's first highway cover. This four-acre space is being designed in partnership with local residents, the City of Denver and Swansea Elementary School.
Preparing for Construction
CDOT plans to hire one development team to be responsible for design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Central 70 project. There are currently four teams of finalists who have been selected to respond to a request for proposals (RFP) for the project.
Business and Workforce Opportunities
The economic benefits of the proposed Central 70 Project will be significant and long lasting. CDOT is seeking to maximize the opportunities of this project for Colorado's small and disadvantaged businesses, and local workforce.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released on Jan. 15, 2016, following 13 years of analysis. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is expected to issue a final ruling or Record of Decision (ROD) in summer 2016.