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Welcome to the I-70 East Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) project website!

Supplemental Draft EIS Released (SDEIS) — August 29, 2014
Meeting Materials for the September Public Hearings are online - see Meeting Minutes
I-70 East Project Office Open - see Project Updates
SDEIS Public Review and Comment Period — August 29 — October 31, 2014. Click to read the Project Update below
Preliminarily Identified Preferred Alternative - explore the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative in 3d - click to view Visualization and Animation
Property Purchase and Relocation - CDOT has started the early acquisition efforts to purchase certain impacted properties. Click to read the Project Update below
CDOT Project Team to be in the Community - read the Project Update
CDOT is NOT Considering Rerouting I-70! Read the Project Update
See Detailed Design Maps for the SDEIS Alternatives. New engineering drawings for the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative Basic and Modified Options have been added! See the Alternatives page
Get involved and stay informed about the project! Join the email list, see New Info, and attend the next meeting
We need your input! Make suggestions, ask questions or contact us

SDEIS Released

Supplemental Draft EIS Released – August 29

I-70 East Supplemental Draft EIS is available for public review and comment! CDOT encourages you to comment from August 29 - October 31.

View project updates »

Consultants
& Contractors

Learn about project procurement and how to schedule a consultant/ contractor meeting »

Meeting Minutes

August 20th Community Leaders Coordination Meeting

View meeting minutes »

Public Comment

Public Review and Comment Period

Extended to October 31 — Supplemental Draft EIS (SDEIS) Public Review and Comment Period

More information »

Project Snapshot

Read the I-70 East EIS Project Snapshot

Read the I-70 East EIS Project Snapshot »

Public Hearings

Meeting Materials from the September 23, 24, & 25 Public Hearings are available online!

Meeting Materials from the September Public Hearings are online!

The same information was available at all meetings – see Meeting Minutes »

Project Updates

Supplemental Draft EIS Released — August 29, 2014

I-70 East Supplemental Draft EIS is available for public review and comment! CDOT encourages you to comment from August 29 - October 31. CDOT is encouraging the public to comment on the I-70 East Supplemental Draft EIS that evaluates transportation alternatives to improve safety, access and mobility while addressing congestion in one of the state's most heavily traveled corridors, I-70 from I-25 to Tower Road.

The Supplemental Draft EIS (SDEIS) is a report that includes a detailed analysis of the social, environmental, and economic effects of the project alternatives as required by the federal government according to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The 2008 Draft EIS alternatives were modified and a new alternative option was developed that better met the project's purpose, need, goals, and objectives and satisfied the public's and agencies' expectations. Due to these changes and further developments on the project, the Supplemental Draft EIS identifies environmental impacts not previously identified.

The I-70 East Supplemental Draft EIS is available for public comment starting August 29, 2014. The public comment period will end on October 31, 2014.

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Public Review & Comment - Comment Period Extended to Oct 31!
(Comments must be received by October 31, 2014)

I-70 East Supplemental Draft EIS is available for public review and comment! CDOT encourages you to comment from August 29 - October 31. Copies of the Supplemental Draft EIS (SDEIS) are available online, at several viewing locations, including at CDOT offices, and at the I-70 East Project Office. Public Hearings will be conducted to present the findings of the study and to obtain input from the community.

Your comments are an important aid in making the best decision for transportation improvements in the corridor. They will be addressed in the Final EIS and play an important role in determining the preferred alternative. Please use the Comment Form to submit your comments or use the Printable Form and mail them to the address listed below. Comments can also be submitted by e-mail to contactus@i-70east.com or submitted at the Public Hearings.

I-70 East Project Team
Colorado Department of Transportation
2000 South Holly Street
Denver, CO 80222

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Public Hearings

Public hearings, which provide opportunities for the public to provide comments for the study's official record, will be held in late September. The same information will be available at all meetings. Translation and child care will be provided. Please call 303.294.9300 for special accommodation requests

Tuesday

September 23

Sable Elementary School

2601 Sable Boulevard
Aurora, CO

Wednesday

September 24

Kearney Middle School

6160 Kearney Street
Commerce City, CO

Thursday

September 25

Bruce Randolph Middle School

3955 Steele Street
Denver, CO

Since these meetings are formal public hearings, there will be a few differences when compared to the I-70 East Corridor-Wide Meetings you may have attended previously.

Open House from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

During the Open House, members of the project team will be available to walk you through exhibits that will provide a project update, display project alternatives that are under consideration, provide analysis of the impacts to environmental resources, and information on the next steps for the project.

Presentation/Formal Comment Period from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

A brief presentation will be provided by the project team summarizing the I-70 East Supplemental Draft EIS and providing an overview of the analysis conducted to date. Following the presentation, verbal comments will be accepted and recorded for inclusion in the project record.

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I-70 East Project Office

3501 East 46th Avenue (Denver Rescue Mission)

Project team members and translators will be available at this location Monday through Saturday to provide information about the project and answer your questions. A hard copy of the Supplemental Draft EIS (for review) and comment forms will be available at this office for public use.

More information: I-70 East Project Office

The I-70 East Project Office is not accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For disability assistance, please call 303-313-2420 in order for CDOT to arrange other accommodations. Dial 711 to use Relay Colorado (TTY).

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I-70 East EIS - Visualize the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative - see animated videos and still imagery

Preliminarily Identified Preferred Alternative

Visualization & Animation

Visualize the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative—explore the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative in 3d with animated video

Click Visualization & Animation to see animated videos and still imagery of the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative.*

The Partial Cover Lowered Alternative is the Preliminarily Identified Preferred Alternative for the I-70 East EIS project. This Alternative adds additional lanes in each direction of the highway to provide better mobility between I-25 and Tower Road, removes the existing viaduct between Brighton Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, rebuilds I-70 along this segment below grade on the existing alignment, and places a cover on the highway between Columbine Street and Clayton Street.

Visit often—this is a work in progress!

I-70 East EIS - Visualize the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative I-70 East EIS - Visualize the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative I-70 East EIS - Visualize the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative
I-70 East EIS on YouTube - see all of the Preliminarily Identified Preferred Alternative Animations on YouTube

* Visuals represent conceptual design; further refinement of the design will occur during future phases of the project.

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I-70 East Corridor Project: Creating a Better Future

This video features the structural, safety and congestion challenges the I-70 East Corridor Project currently faces between Brighton Boulevard and Tower Road in Denver, Colorado. It presents a solution developed by CDOT and the community.

http://youtu.be/V6yJddTX19M

Let's create a better future.

Your input is essential!

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Property Purchase and Relocation Process

CDOT has started the early acquisition efforts to purchase certain impacted properties for the I-70 East Project. Agreements have been reached with owners and these purchases are almost complete. By June, CDOT will begin closing on multiple properties, and these properties will be vacated. Perimeter fencing will be installed and an environmental inspection of the properties will be completed. The properties will be temporarily boarded up. This entire process, ending with demolition, will take several months to complete. During this time, the neighborhood will be monitored. Should you notice any suspicious activity, please call 911.

For more information about the property purchase and relocation process see the Purchase & Relocation (ROW) page.

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Share Your Ideas for Improvement to the Project

Community Mitigation Update, Notice to Elyria and Swansea Residents (Dec. 2013) (thumbnail) Since the start of the I-70 East project a decade ago, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have demonstrated a strong commitment to engaging the communities along the study area to be a part of the decision making process.

CDOT would like the members of the community to know what the plans are for reducing impacts of the I-70 East project on the community and how they can participate in making the project better for their neighborhood. For more information about the measures being considered to reduce impacts and how to provide input please read the notice to Elyria & Swansea Residents (this document will be updated periodically):

Community Mitigation Update (Dec. 2013)

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I-70 East EIS Team Member ID Card - project team members will have project identification cards like the one shown here

CDOT Project Team to be in Community

As part of the I-70 East project, members of the project team will be in the community performing a variety of field survey functions. They will be easily recognizable by the I-70 East project identification tags they will be wearing. They will be using various types of surveying and monitoring equipment to identify the location of utilities and other notable land features.

If you have any questions or in the event you believe that any I-70 East project personnel inadvertently entered property other than the public right-of-way, please notify Lee Lovell at Atkins at 720.475.7090. Please note that any concurrent activities by the personnel of the public utility companies are beyond the control of I-70 East project team.

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CDOT is NOT Considering Rerouting I-70!

Perceptions and Realities - click to view the PDF - last updated October 2013 (thumbnail)

Read about some of the false perceptions and learn about the realities regarding this alternative: Perceptions and Realities »

Letter of Support to CDOT - City and County of Denver, Adams County, and Commerce City (thumbnail)

Click to read the Letter of Support from the City and County of Denver, Adams County, and Commerce City to CDOT »

Recently, there have been many questions about whether CDOT is evaluating an alternative that would realign I-70 around Denver using Interstates 270 and 76. This alternative was eliminated from consideration early in the project process, as documented in the Draft EIS (DEIS).

Additional reasons for not considering this option a reasonable alternative for I-70 East will be included in the Supplemental Draft EIS (SDEIS), expected to be available in Spring 2014. The alternatives being evaluated by CDOT for improvements to I-70 can be found on the Alternatives page.

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See Detailed Design Maps for the SDEIS Alternatives

See Detailed Design Maps for the SDEIS Alternatives (thumbnail) Visit the Alternatives page to view the DRAFT design maps of the alternatives being considered in the upcoming SDEIS. These are the maps that are discussed at the monthly Community Leaders Coordination Meetings.

New engineering drawings for the Partial Cover Lowered Alternative Basic and Modified Options from Brighton Boulevard to Tower Road are now available online!

 

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Decisions are coming for I-70 East

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are close to making decisions on the I-70 East project. See what we have recommended as the Preferred Alternative to improve I-70 between I-25 and Tower Road. Our goals are to resolve congestion, improve safety, and make it easier to get on and off the highway. The recommended Preferred Alternative is the result of many conversations with the community and public input. We are close to making a decision. We want to hear your opinion. Tell CDOT what you think!

What is the recommended Preferred Alternative? See the Alternatives page.

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