Interstate 70 East plan could reroute freeway under park

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The “Partial Cover Lowered Option” could route a portion of I-70 under a small, elevated park or other public area. (Credit: EIS website)

The “Partial Cover Lowered Option” could route a portion of I-70 under a small, elevated park or other public area. (Credit: EIS website)

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DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are hosting a meeting tonight to share their recommendations for the future of Interstate 70 East.

Transportation and community leaders have been meeting for nearly a year to determine the best way to improve traffic flow on I-70 between I-25 and Tower Road. So far, the group’s preferred solution appears to be the “Partial Cover Lowered Option” – basically, routing a portion of I-70 under a small, elevated park or other public area.

According to the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement project website, a 900-foot-long “cover” could be placed between Columbine and Clayton streets. The cover could feature landscaping, playgrounds, open space or other improvements.

Other alternatives up for consideration involve reworking the freeway within an elevated and enclosed but uncovered viaduct structure, or rebuilding parts of the roadway and ramps within the current alignment.

Officials could technically also opt to make no changes.

The various options would not directly impact the nearby Swansea Elementary School, but could require some houses and businesses to be removed, the group said. Of the options on the table, the partial cover option would have the greatest impact in this regard, with 57 housing units and 17 businesses potentially affected.

Tonight’s meeting will be held at  Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E 49th Ave., from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Food, childcare and Spanish translation services will be available.

Visit the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement project website for more information.

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