DENVER (CBS4)– A major reconstruction project will shut down Interstate 70 through downtown Denver this weekend.

Crews from the Colorado Department of Transportation will be shutting down all lanes of I-70 from Federal Blvd. to I-25 starting at 10 p.m. Friday until Monday morning. They will be overhauling the interchange at Pecos Street.

CDOT will demolish the existing Pecos Street bridge and then roll the new bridge into place.

For the past several months CDOT has been building that new bridge at a nearby location called a bridge farm. It’s unique because the bridge also includes portions of the roundabout as well.

CDOT said that by building the bridge off site they were able to shorten the project’s schedule by eight months.

That means instead of a year-long closure of Pecos and 20-30 full closures of I-70, Pecos is closed for two months and I-70 will only be closed this one weekend.

The $18.6 million project is going to look a lot different with modern merge lanes and exit ramps. The entire project was financed by vehicle registration fees.

The best detours around the construction are 6th Avenue and I-76.


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