Neighborhood groups file federal complaint against I-70 expansion

DENVER -- A coalition of community groups are calling for a halt to the Interstate 70 expansion project that's planned through central Denver.

The project would widen the interstate through the Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods.

People who live in the area say the project discriminates against them. They filed a federal civil rights complaint.

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to replace the elevated portion of I-70 that runs east of Interstate 25. The plan is to put it below ground level from Brighton Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard.

CDOT said it has planned and studied the project for 13 years and it approved a final plan in May.

But people in the neighborhood groups said their voices were never heard. They want the federal government to put a stop to the project.

Officials said they will consider the coalition's complaints and whether or not to take any action in the coming weeks.