Residents learning more about $1.8 billion I-70 project through Denver

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DENVER -- Mark Wonder says when the I-70 East Corridor Project begins, his house near York Street will be the first to go.

"More so, I think, It's the memories that will be lost," he says.

Wonder says he has mixed emotions about a plan to remove the 60-year-old elevated section of I-70 from Colorado Blvd. to Brighton Blvd., but he knows as a business owner, he must step aside for progress.

Thursday night, the Colorado Department of Transportation held its 2nd residential briefing of the week, setting up tables for concerned residents to ask questions.

The $1.8 billion project stretches 12 miles from I-25 to Tower Road. The bridge which currently stretches from Brighton to Colorado will be torn down.

Most of that particular new stretch of highway would be built below ground level, with a shorter sequence near Swansea Elementary School on ground level, complete with a cover to shield the school.

"The viaduct between Brighton and Colorado is reaching the end of its useful life," says CDOT's Kirk Webb.

For more information, drivers and residents can visit the project's website.

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