DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Transportation has proposed removing a 60-year-old bridge in a busy corridor along Interstate 70.
The bridge is the elevated portion of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard considered one of the Denver metro area’s busiest interstate corridors.
CDOT wants to remove the bridge and replace it with a version that will resolve congestion, improve safety and make it easier to get on and off the highway. They also want to add two additional lanes in each direction.
“These recommendations are the result of extensive conversations with the community and public input,” said Kirk Webb, CDOT project manager for the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement. “This alternative has broad public support and improves safety and mobility for all users of I-70.”
EIS is studying improvements on I-70 between I-25 and Tower Road. There are meetings scheduled for public input in Commerce City on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Adams City High School, 7200 Quebec Parkway and in Denver on April 11 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E. 49th Ave.
The $1.8 billion recommended alternative will be built in phases, starting in 2016. The Federal Highway Administration and CDOT are expected to finalize the decision in 2014. There will be additional opportunities for public comment before the decision becomes final.
“We encourage the public to attend these meetings because we’re very close to making decisions about how to move forward,” Webb said. “It’s critical for us to hear what you think about these plans, so we can consider your input as we make important decisions.”