Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Issues Positive Civil Rights Review of CDOT’s I-70 Project
FHWA’s Civil Rights Office today released the findings of an investigation into the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) compliance with Title VI requirements through its study of the I-70 East corridor in north Denver. The investigation found that there is "insufficient evidence that the Project will create adverse, disparate impacts." The finding goes on to state that CDOT has provided a "substantial legitimate justification for its actions and shown that a less discriminatory alternative has not been identified." Download the full report.
Reroute? Not so awesome....
Some have suggested that it would be cheaper and easier to entirely move--or reroute-- I-70 onto I-270 and I-76 and replace I-70 with a city street. In addition to the many practical concerns with this idea (see below for impacts on local street traffic), the cost is estimated at around $3.2 billion (nearly triple the cost of the current project). To see what's included, download the Reroute Fact Sheet
Traffic Impacts from I-70 Reroute
Today there are 684 businesses within the quarter-mile buffer on each side of I-70 between I-25 and I-270, with approximately 11,408 employees who would lose highway access and be forced to use surface streets if I-70 were rerouted. Rerouting I-70 while leaving 46th Avenue at its current location, encourages highway users needing to access these locations to use 46th Avenue to reach their destinations rather than staying on I-70.
Rerouting I-70 would also force delivery trucks and other large vehicles to use 46th Avenue frequently to reach the industrial areas and businesses near the existing interstate. The resulting high traffic volumes and the truck traffic on 46th Avenue could degrade the quality of the neighborhood and cause safety concerns for neighborhoods, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Myths and Facts
There’s a lot of misinformation going around. Download the Fact Sheet to get accurate information on the Central 70 Project.
Throughout the duration of the Central 70 Project, there have been many questions asked from the public and the community. We have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions here.
Air quality analysis remains one of the most critical components of the environmental study and is a key concern for local residents, CDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. CDOT must follow the requirements of the Clean Air Act along with guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Available Fact Sheets and Information
- Air Quality Factsheet: English | Spanish
- Air Quality Commitments in the record of Decision
- Air Quality Technical Report
- Air Quality Monitoring in Globeville,
Elyriaand Swansea - A Presentation by Denver Environmental Health
The Central 70 Project includes a robust and independent drainage system designed to handle a 100-year storm event. Learn more about the drainage plan.
The Central 70 project requires the acquisition of 56 residential properties and 17 businesses. CDOT is required to follow the requirements of the Uniform Relocation Act for all property acquisitions.