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FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION APPROVES CENTRAL 70 PROJECT
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today approved the reconstruction of Interstate 70 through central Denver, concluding a 14-year unprecedented outreach and community engagement process. In the official Record of Decision (ROD), federal transportation officials outlined what will be built, how it will be funded and which environmental and community measures will be implemented. Their approval concludes the federally required National Environmental Protection Act process and allows the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to proceed with its Central 70 Project. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.
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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.
Download and view the Central 70 presentation (PDF)
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.
CDOT has made a number of commitments to the local community as part of the Central 70 Project. These cover a range of issues from mitigating the impacts of construction noise and dust to contributing funding to affordable housing and fresh food access. Find out more at the fact sheet below.
Read more about Project Mitigation (PDF).
An active and vibrant public space 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. Download the Cover Design Fact Sheet
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.More...