Projects

Central 70 Project

Telephone Town Hall

Join the Central 70 team to learn about the upcoming full highway closure of I-70 between Washington Street and I-270, the shift of traffic off the historic viaduct and the viaduct demolition.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
English call-in 1-855-710-6230
Spanish call-in 855-543-3424

Upcoming Traffic Impacts

Know Before You Go! I-70 will close between Washington Street and I-270 from 10 p.m., Friday, May 21 to 5 a.m., Monday, May 24 to shift I-70 traffic into the new lowered section. See the detour map below and drive safely!

The demolition of the I-70 viaduct will immediately follow the Mile High Shift and continue through fall 2022. Learn more about the viaduct demolition timing, environmental protections and traffic impacts on the dedicated viaduct demo webpage.

Get Creative! Get into the Event!

If you submit an entry (a photo, an email, a poem or a drawing) that captures the essence of the Mile High City or the progress being made in Denver (including the Central 70 Project), then you will have your entry displayed at the upcoming More Than An Interstate event on May 15, and you'll get free entry for you and your family at this sold-out event. Please submit your entry by Wednesday, May 12 to [email protected].

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Central 70, between I-25 and Chambers Road, is one of Colorado's economic backbones. It is 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 will reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road, add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 57-year-old viaduct, lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards, and place a 4-acre park 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.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $1.2 billion
  • Funding Sources:
    • Bridge Enterprise: $850 million
    • DRCOG: $50 million
    • SB 228: $180 million
    • City of Denver: $37 million
  • Contractor: Kiewit Meridiam Partners
  • Timeline: Traffic will be in final configuration by late 2022 with landscaping, installation of park elements and additional punch-list items continuing through 2023. 
  • Location: A 10-mile stretch of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road

Click here to view the Project brochure.

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Project Benefits

 Safety: Crews will widen shoulders outside and inside the travel lanes for vehicle pull-off and emergency response. This improvement will also help with drainage.

 Improved Infrastructure: The Project will address the deteriorating transportation infrastructure by:

  • Removing the aging viaduct between Brighton and Colorado boulevards and replacing it with a below-grade highway in this area.
  • Addressing problems with structural deficiencies on the other I-70 structures by replacing them.

 Economic Vitality: Reduced congestion and a safer road design will help cut down on delivery delays and will positively affect surrounding businesses.

 Access to Transportation Facilities: The Project will provide for reasonable access to transportation facilities by:

  • Providing access to transportation facilities for a variety of users by improving interchanges, providing updated sidewalks and following Denver's bike plan.
  • Facilitating connections between residential and business activity centers by improving the frontage roads and the interstate access points.

 Mobility: The Project will enhance mobility by providing transportation choices that:

  • Enhance system reliability by providing a congestion-free lane (tolled Express Lane).
  • Balance the transportation needs of local, regional, and national users by providing improvements on an interstate system that is used by local, regional and national travelers.

 Connectivity: Local north-south and east-west connectivity will improve with the Project. The Project also features a 4-acre park over the highway that will connect the Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods that were divided when the viaduct was built in the 1960s.

 Driver Choice: After crews add an Express Lane in each direction on I-70, drivers will have the choice to use the Express Lane for a reliable trip in exchange for a toll, or to use one of the three to four general-purpose lanes for free. Carpoolers (vehicles with three or more people) and motorcyclists can ride the Express Lane for free.

 Transportation Capacity: The Project will provide for realistic capacity expansion and minimized future congestion leading to:

  • A sufficient transportation system capacity to ensure the efficient movement of people and goods.
  • Flexibility for future expansion and modification by preserving right-of-way, especially in the lowered section of the highway.

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