CDOT is embarking on a four-year-long construction project that will overhaul 10 miles of I-70, east of I-25.This summer, CDOT (the Colorado Department of Transportation) will begin work on the Central 70 Project, which will remove an existing I-70 viaduct, lower the interstate underground by 30 feet, add an express lane in each direction, and build a 1,000-foot-long, four-acre park over the newly lowered highway (lowway?). Though the entire 10-mile stretch of I-70 between I-25 and Chambers Road will be affected, the bulk of the construction will take place between Brighton and Colorado boulevards. [caption id="attachment_36179" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Courtesy of Google Earth[/caption]
The project, when complete in 2022, is expected to cut down on heavy I-70 traffic and make the entire stretch of road safer and more conducive to the city's growth in coming years.
"The first problem is the viaduct, which is in pretty bad shape," Rebecca White, the Central 70 communications director told Westword. "It's a 50-plus-year-old stretch of interstate, and there are a lot of safety improvements that are needed to meet the modern safety standards for interstate highways." [gallery type="rectangular" size="large" ids="36181,36180"] That's why planners invested 14 years of research and meetings into the project, to ensure that the final product provides permanent, long-term solutions to a problematic area, while its construction causes the least amount of disruption to existing residents and businesses. In fact, CDOT has promised that it will take the necessary measures to minimize noise and dust from the construction, as well as give to local programs that provide food and affordable housing within the community.