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Central 70 Project Reaches Final Major Milestone on I-70 | Traffic

Traffic on I-70 between Brighton and Colorado Boulevards now runs in its permanent alignment in both directions, allowing the Colorado Department of Transportation to focus on completing the 4-acre covered park on the freeway .

Swansea Primary School’s new play area which forms part of the indoor park opened to pupils on their first day of school on August 22.

“We look forward to inviting the neighbors of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea to join us for an appreciation event to celebrate the opening of the park later this fall,” said CDOT CEO Shoshana Lew. “While motorists have been impacted by various closures on I-70 over the past four years, residents have been impacted almost daily.

More than 2.4 million cubic meters of soil were moved to create the recessed causeway, while 19 bridges and 24 ramps were built. Wider shoulders will allow motorists to stop safely in an emergency.


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The most dramatic change is the demolition of the overpass that carried traffic for decades above the Denver Coliseum and National Western Stock Show complex. The narrow, stepless and deteriorating viaduct, built in 1964, has been a headache for drivers and neighbors in Globeville and Elyria-Swansea for decades.

“More than seven million hours have gone into building this project,” Lew said. “It was amazing to see this project come to life after a study period of more than 15 years.”

Motorists can expect a toll lane to come online in 2023, Lew said.

The highway carries more than 200,000 vehicles a day and the improvements are expected to reduce travel times and increase safety, as well as help mitigate environmental impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and businesses by better controlling vehicle exhaust. .


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