HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — A federal judge will not stop the C-470 expansion through Highlands Ranch, but the lawsuit residents filed against the Colorado Department of Transportation can still move forward.
CDOT plans to add 12 miles of Express Lane between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard.
Neighbors filed a federal lawsuit to put the project on hold because of the increased noise from construction and additional traffic, but the judge rejected the requested injunction on Thursday.
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“The court denied our preliminary injunction motion to stop construction of the highway at this time,” Carter Sales with the Highland Ranch Neighborhood Coalition said in a statement.
“This decision is based upon the court’s determination that we failed to demonstrate ‘irreparable harm’ to the HRNC and to the public.”
CDOT said noise abatement walls will be added to parts of the stretch, but the walls wouldn’t reduce noise in the neighborhoods in the two miles between Quebec Street and University Boulevard.
The court found the noise mitigation walls are enough to allow construction to proceed. But the residents who filed the lawsuit are not giving up the fight.
The lawsuit claims CDOT violated the National Environmental Policy Act by relying on a flawed noise analysis. The court said it would continue to consider the merits of their case against CDOT.