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Named Westword’s 2016 Best Urban Art Project, we are building on the success of ‘duct-work by presenting ‘duct-work 2! Starting on Friday, Aug. 18, nearly 20 local artists will start the process of transforming the viaduct from a beast to a beauty. We have partnered with Denver Urban Arts Fund, North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, Atkins, Xcel Energy and Denver Urban Arts Fund, along with other local sponsors, to fund this community art project and allow artists to transform the viaduct into something remarkable.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, we’ll wrap up a week of painting with a community event featuring food from local vendors, the sounds of DJ Beau Sanchez and a community wall for kids to test their urban art skills! It’s an art event you don’t want to miss!

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017
2 - 6 p.m.
East 46th Avenue between York Street and Brighton Boulevard
Denver, CO 80216

Join us for Chips & Chat!

Do you have a question about the Central 70 Project? Are you wondering what CDOT is planning in your neighborhood? Would you like to talk with someone and get the facts? Join us at our monthly Chips and Chat being held the second Tuesday of every month at La Potranca Taqueria (2336 E. 46th Ave.). Drop in anytime between 4-6 p.m.

GES Opening

Neighborhood Career Training and Resource Center Opens in GES!

Central 70 is thrilled to celebrate the opening of a new neighborhood career training and resource center that will provide construction training and career support to local residents. The Central 70 Project, along with local partners, hosted a ribbon-cutting and media event on Thursday, July 6. The event also celebrated the $1 million investment from Gary Community Investments (GCI).

Speakers at the celebration included Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock; CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt; GCI Chief Executive Director Dave Younggren; Community College of Denver President Everette Freeman; Environmental Consulting Services Chief Executive Officer Jessica Acosta; and Denver City Councilmembers Albus Brooks, Debbie Ortega and Stacie Gilmore. Thank you to all who came out to support this milestone event.

Download the flyer to learn more about the Neighborhood Career Training and Resource Center.

Meet SAM! Swansea Air Quality Monitor

At the request of the community, CDOT has partnered with Denver's Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to install a comprehensive air quality monitor at Swansea Elementary School. This project is known as the Swansea Air Monitoring Station, or SAM. SAM is in the parking lot to the east of the school.

Download the fact sheet.

Green Pillar

Green Pillars on 46th Avenue

Have you noticed the green pillars under the I-70 viaduct at Columbine and Clayton streets? These pillars indicate the east-west boundaries of the park that will be part of the Central 70 Project once construction is complete. This 4-acre park will be about 1,000 feet long, and will stretch across the lowered highway just south of Swansea Elementary School. The park will include amenities such as youth soccer fields and a splash park.

See flyover animations of the park and covered highway.


Westword Awards 'duct-work Project

In September 2016, the Central 70 Project, along other sponsors and partners, held a community event called "'duct-work" to transform the I-70 viaduct. The team worked with more than 20 artists to produce urban art murals along 46th Avenue between Brighton Boulevard and York Street. Westword named this project 2017's "Best New Urban-Art Project in Denver ."

Read the full story.

Final RFP Released at March Meeting

At a joint meeting on March 3, 2017, the CDOT Transportation Commission and the HPTE Board approved the issuance of the final Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Central 70 Project. The final RFP was released to the four shortlisted teams on March 6.

Federal Highway Administration Approves Central 70 Project

On Jan. 19, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the reconstruction of I-70 through central Denver, concluding a 14-year unprecedented outreach and community engagement process. In the official Record of Decision (ROD), federal transportation officials outlined what will be built, how it will be funded, and which environmental and community measures will be implemented.

Their approval concludes the federally required National Environmental Protection Act process and allows CDOT to proceed with its Central 70 Project. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.

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