Why this Project is Needed

Colorado State Highway 7 (CO 7) between Brighton and Boulder was originally a two-lane, rural arterial highway. But rapid population and employment growth in the communities and urban center developments along the highway have transformed the highway’s travel patterns and functionality. Today CO 7 is evolving into a major, east-west arterial connecting residents to jobs, activity centers and the regional transportation system.

By 2040, there are projected to be more than 56,000 new residents and 38,000 new jobs along the corridor. This is expected to lead to a 37 percent increase in traffic along an already congested highway corridor.

To address these changes, the CO 7 Project is intended to identify priority projects and develop preliminary design plans so, as funding becomes available, improvements can be made along the corridor.

map of Proposed Development of CO 7 and I-25