DENVER (CBS4) – It’s a welcome sight for tens of thousands of commuters. The Colorado Department of Transportation opened a new flyover ramp Monday 4 months earlier than planned.
The ramp connects southbound Santa Fe Drive to eastbound C-470. The project also included other safety improvements.
Federal, state and Douglas County officials attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning.
The ramp will eliminate a left turn lane and long red light waits for drivers, as well as a wider acceleration lane.
“I don’t know how many of you have gotten behind a truck at the strategic moment when you’re coming on C-470 from Santa Fe and you’re going 45 and now you need to come down to 20 to make it up the hill,” Douglas County Commissioner Steve Boanda said.
The $23.5 million project came in $600,000 under budget. Federal, state and county money helped pay for it.