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Residents battle CDOT on future C-470 Express Lane

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- A battle is underway to stop the widening of C-470 that is set to begin in the summer.

The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to add 12 miles of Express Lane between Interstate 25 and Wadsworth Boulevard.

But neighbors have filed a federal lawsuit to put the project on hold.

Jim Recker has lived along C-470 for 10 years.

“It's impossible to even sit on the patio and have a cup of coffee or anything else,” Recker said.

He bought his house on the Links Golf Course after a CDOT study said sound walls should go up. This summer, CDOT will begin construction on Express Lanes, but walls aren’t in the plans.

Neighbors between Quebec Street and University Boulevard claim CDOT is ignoring its own earlier study requiring sound walls, taking their challenge to federal court.

“To stop construction until this analysis is properly analyzed and done according to the CDOT guidelines,” said Carter Sales with the Highland Ranch Neighborhood Coalition.

“Initially, we thought we might, but as we continued the further studies based on new parameters it said that we shouldn't and that's what this process is about,” CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said.

CDOT said newer technology outdated its earlier study, meeting all federal guidelines and sound walls would be a waste of millions of dollars for the two-mile stretch.

But the lawsuit claims just the opposite.

“We claim that they can't properly analyze what the noise impacts are going to be for our neighbors and then also recommend those appropriate solutions,” Sales said.

Either way, road noise is about to add construction noise.

CDOT said noise abatement walls will be added to parts of the 12-mile stretch, but in the two miles between Quebec and University, walls wouldn't reduce noise in those neighborhoods.

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