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.