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News » US » Work begins on $1.2bn Colorado highway scheme » published 7 Aug 2018

Work begins on $1.2bn Colorado highway scheme

The groundbreaking ceremony has been held for a US$1.2bn public-private partnership (P3) project to improve the I-70 in Colorado.

Deputy federal highway administrator Brandye Hendrickson joined state and local officials to mark the start of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) ‘Central 70’ project, will improve mobility commuters, businesses and travelers going to and from Denver International Airport.

The P3 team consists of Kiewit Meridiam Partners, CDOT's High Performance Transportation Enterprise and the Colorado Bridge Enterprise.

"The Central 70 Project will give more options to the people of Colorado along one of the state's most economically important routes," said Hendrickson.  "This is a great example of the innovation America needs to build and maintain bigger, better, and safer transportation infrastructure for 21st-century drivers."

The I-70 is the most heavily travelled route in the state. It carries as many as 220,000 vehicles every day through the area; by 2035, that amount is expected to increase to 270,000 vehicles daily. 

Workers will reconstruct ten miles of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road, add one new Express Lane in each direction, connect to managed lanes in the metro area and add intelligent transportation systems infrastructure.  The project will also remove an old viaduct, lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards, place a four-acre park over a portion of the lowered interstate, and add further bridges and connections.   

The US$1.2bn project relies on a US$416m loan from the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act program, US$114m in Private Activity Bonds and US$50m in Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality funds from the Federal Highway Administration.

Central 70 is expected to be completed in 2022.

 

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This article was published on 7 Aug 2018 (last updated on 9 Aug 2018).

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