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- Does I-70 impact the neighborhood you, your family members or your friends live in?
- Do you use I-70?
- Is fiscal responsibility important to you?
- Do you want Metro Denver to grow in smart ways?
- Is smart and fair community development important to you?
- Do you have an interest in environmental justice issues for Metro Denver communities?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then CDOT’s planned widening is an issue you need to be aware of.
The elevated portion of I-70 is falling apart, and needs to be replaced in some manner. CDOT (Colorado Department of Transportation) is considering widening the highway between Brighton Boulevard and Tower Road, making it 10 express lanes and an additional four frontage lanes. This project would further isolate the Elyria, Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods from the rest of the city. This proposed change would also make the highway below grade. This project will leave a 300 ft. canyon (the length of a football field), 28 feet deep, with 8 to 12 foot sound barrier walls dividing the neighborhoods from the rest of the city, only mitigated by an 800ft cover along a short stretch. CDOT is also considering public/private funding for the project, which means the highway would turn into a partial toll road. Additionally, Swansea Elementary’s playground would be demolished, along with many other small businesses and homes.
A responsible alternative is to close I-70 between Wadsworth Avenue and Central Park Boulevard, and to divert traffic north of the current alignment onto I-76 and I-270. It also proposes construction of a surface boulevard along what currently is Brighton Boulevard. That would funnel traffic from DIA, Green Valley Ranch and Montebello into downtown Denver along Brighton Boulevard and make this route the gateway into the city. It would open up space along this new boulevard for redevelopment, reintegrate the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods into the city, and raise property values. Additionally, along this reroute, CDOT already owns almost all the land it needs for development, and the impact on the surrounding residents and businesses would be reduced to almost nothing.
However, currently CDOT is still trying to push ahead the below-grade widening option, which is why we need support on this issue.