Floyd Hill Early Projects

Several Early Projects were identified during the Floyd Hill Environmental Assessment process that could be advanced prior to the main Floyd Hill project. Construction could begin in 2022 after final design and environmental clearances are completed. These Early Projects include community and environmental mitigation elements that can be constructed ahead of and ease the burden of the larger project construction. Early Projects include intersection improvements in the Floyd Hill neighborhood and wildlife crossings at Genesee and Empire. The map below points out where each project will take place. 

Floyd Hill Early Projects map

US 40 & Floyd Hill Roundabouts 

The US 40 & Floyd Hill Roundabouts project plans to construct new roundabout intersections at US 40 & County Road 65 (westbound I-70 Exit 248) and US 40 & Homestead Road (eastbound I-70 Exit 247). 

Benefits of this project include:

  • Improved intersection operations and safety.
  • Westbound US 40 bypass lane reduces conflict points and eases intersection congestion.
  • Improved bicycle safety at intersections through bicycle specific signing, lower vehicle speeds, and the ability for cyclists to use the full lane.

Estimated Schedule:

  • Project Advertisement Summer 2022, Construction Fall 2022 through Summer 2023

Floyd Hill parking and roundabouts draft rendering

Wildlife Crossings

I-70 & Genesee Wildlife Crossing

The I-70 & Genesee Wildlife Crossing project plans to construct a wildlife underpass at approximately I-70 Mile Point 254.5 which is in between the exits for Lookout Mountain and Genesee. This area has been identified as a hotspot for wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) and has the highest number of WVCs on I-70 east of the Eisenhower Johnson Memorial Tunnel. Wildlife fencing will be placed along both sides of I-70 (north and south) and extend from the I-70 and Genesee Exit (Exit 254) to the I-70 and Lookout Mountain Exit (Exit 256).

Estimated Schedule:

  • Advertisement late Summer 2022, Construction Fall 2022 through Fall 2023

NOTE: This is a DRAFT rendering

Draft rendering of I-70 Genesee wildlife crossing

US 40 Empire Wildlife Crossing

The US 40 Empire Wildlife Crossing project plans to construct a wildlife overpass on US 40 at approximately Mile Point 257 which is near the I-70 and US 40 Empire Interchange (I-70 Exit 232). The wildlife overpass will allow safe connectivity for the largest bighorn sheep herd in the state of Colorado as well as reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions. Wildlife fencing will be placed along both sides of US 40 (north and south) and extend to the town of Empire and south on County Road 257. This project also plans to apply rockfall mitigation designs and fencing adjacent to the wildlife crossing structure.

Schedule:

  • Advertisement late Fall 2022, Construction Spring 2023 through Winter 2023

NOTE: This is a DRAFT rendering

Draft rendering of US 40 Empire wildlife crossing