DENVER (CBS4)– People living in the communities directly impacted by the Interstate 70 expansion gathered on Thursday evening in hopes of getting some answers.

People living in the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods in Northeast Denver are upset because they believe the project will tear apart their community.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation’s plan is to expand a 10 mile stretch of the interstate from Brighton Boulevard to Chambers Road. The $1.2 billion reconstruction project got the green light from the Federal Highway Administration last month.

Some are upset that they will lose their homes. A total of 56 houses and 17 businesses will be demolished as part of the plan.

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They attended Thursday night’s open house in hopes of getting some answers from CDOT.

The project will put part of I-70 underground and create a four-acre park above.

CDOT says it has the funding lined up and it will start construction next year. The project would be completed in about five years.

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Opponents believe the interstate could be rerouted somewhere else and preserve the integrity of the neighborhoods.