I-70 Floyd Hill Monthly Update - November 2022

Project Update

Project Design Progress

The project team is continuing design of the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) Refined Preferred Alternative. An interactive computer model of the design is available at this link, and is also posted in the “Quick Links” section on the left hand side of the I-70 Floyd Hill web page. If you click the link and see "Page Not Found," refresh your browser to start the interactive model.

Informational project updates were distributed in early November. These included a postcard mailing to more than 5,000 residents and other interested parties along the I-70 Floyd Hill corridor, an email blast to the project email distribution list of more than 2,200 subscribers, and flyers and magnets posted in community centers across the corridor. 

The Environmental Assessment decision document is being finalized and is expected to be released in January 2023. The document will formalize the selection of the CMGC Refined Preferred Alternative for the project. 

Construction Update: 

Construction of the Floyd Hill Project will take place in three major packages.  

Package 1: East Section

  • Location: County Road 65 to the bottom of Floyd Hill
  • Current Level of Design:  60%
  • Expected Construction Start Date: Late Spring/Summer 2023

Package 2: West Section

  • Location: Hidden Valley Interchange to Idaho Springs Exit 241
  • Current Level of Design: 30%
  • Expected Construction Start Date: Fall 2023

Package 3: Central Section

  • Location: Bottom of Floyd Hill to Hidden Valley/Central City Parkway 
  • Current Level of Design: 20%
  • Expected Construction Start Date: Early 2024

Early Projects Update

Genesee Wildlife Crossing 

  • Construction began in October 2022. Interim paving and a traffic shift is underway on I-70 between Evergreen Parkway and Genesee Parkway. Crews are also working on utility relocations.
  • The project continues to monitor the challenges with sun glare and adjustments have been made to the striping and signage to improve traffic flow and safety. As a reminder, the posted speed limit has been reduced through the construction zone to aid in the safety of the traveling public through the project.

US 40 Roundabouts Project 

  • The contractor, American Civil Constructors, is preparing to start construction in mid-December and finish by the end of 2023.

Empire Wildlife Crossing Early Project

  • Project plans are under development and advertisement for construction is expected in February 2023.
  • Estimated Cost: $7 million-$10 million  
  • Construction is expected to last about 18 months.

El Rancho West Parking Lot Early Project

  • Project is in design.
  • The new Pegasus shuttle van stop and parking area will be located on the north side of I-70 near the I-70 El Rancho exit (Exit 252). This location allows Pegasus to use the new Express Lane and was preferred by Floyd Hill community members.