I-70 will close between Brighton and Colorado boulevards so that crews can conduct a load test on a viaduct to prepare for construction in and around the area, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. "This work requires a full closure so crews can conduct the assessment safely," the department says.
Eastbound I-70 traffic will detour to northbound I-25 to westbound I-76, then to southbound I-270 before finally reconnecting with I-70. Westbound traffic will detour to northbound I-270, then to eastbound I-76, southbound I-25, and back to westbound I-70. Cross streets under I-70 will remain open.
Other closures will be in place during that time. They include:
- Westbound Brighton Boulevard off-ramp
- Eastbound Brighton Boulevard on-ramp
- Eastbound York Street off-ramp
- Eastbound and westbound Steele/Vasquez on- and off-ramps
- Northbound Colorado Boulevard to westbound I-70 on-ramp
- 46th Avenue closed from Steele Street and west of Colorado Boulevard
The controversial project has attracted several lawsuits, the last of which was settled in December. Stipulations of the settlement include installing air-monitoring stations and new landscaping in the surrounding neighborhoods and conducting a CDOT-funded community health study. At-large Denver City Council member Debbie Ortega has also requested funds for a full-time staffer at the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment to oversee noise coming from the project.