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Prep for the Colonial Manor Motel Demo

Starting on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, Central 70 construction crews will begin the demolition process for the Colonial Manor Motel at 2615 E 46th Ave. Removal of the motel is required to allow for construction of the Central 70 Project. The motel owners and all long-term tenants were compensated and moved to new locations.

Financial Close Reached for Central 70

On Dec. 21, 2017 CDOT reached financial close with Kiewit Meridiam Partners. This is the final step in the contract process and sets the terms of the financing for the Project over the contract term. The Central 70 project website includes a complete copy of the contract. Summaries of the financial structure, both over the 4-year construction period and 30-year operation period, are available for download.

Kiewit Meridiam Partners Selected to Build and Operate Central 70 Project

Read the Press Release | Nota de Prensa

CDOT has selected Kiewit Meridiam Partners (KMP) as the preferred proposer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Central 70 Project. KMP was chosen from four teams of finalists who submitted proposals for the project in early June.
See Kiewit Meridiam Partners' project highlights.

Preparing for Construction

Selecting a Contractor

In August of 2017, CDOT selected Kiewit Meridiam Partners as the state's partner to design, build, and finance Central 70 as well as operate and maintain the project over a 30-year period. KMP was chosen from four teams of finalists who submitted proposals for the project in early June of 2017. 

Finalizing the Contract

In November of 2017 CDOT finalized the contract, with Kiewit Meridiam Partners (KMP), the selected contractor for the Central 70 Project. The contract, also known as the Project Agreement (PA), establishes KMP’s scope of work in delivering the project and details each party’s rights and obligations over the term of the contract. Approval of the PA means that KMP is now officially on board to build Central 70, and the agreement will be in effect until 30 years after construction completion.

The next step is financial close, the stage at which financing is secured.  Financial close is expected to occur before the end of January 2018.

The complete, final contract is available here. Given the length and complexity of this document, CDOT has prepared a summary of the project agreement. Additional documents relating to the Central 70 contract and financing are available on the HPTE website.

Download the construction phasing fact sheet.

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.

The air quality monitor at Swansea Elementary School has been running
continuously since last spring. A report summarizing the results is now
available.  Click to see hourly updates.

Download the fact sheet.

Join the project team at the monthly Chips and Chat

You may be eligible for free home improvements

Central 70 fulfilling another commitment

The CDOT Central 70 Project and the City of Denver are partnering to provide home improvements to those living closest to the upcoming reconstruction of I-70. The purpose of this program is to reduce noise and dust during construction by providing improvements that help insulate homes. Homes between 45th and 47th avenues, between Brighton and Colorado boulevards are eligible to receive improvements.

The home improvements were a commitment to the community from CDOT during the 14-year Environmental Impact Statement process and became a requirement in the list of mitigation measures in the Record of Decision the project’s federal approval document. Call 303-757-9413 or email [email protected] to confirm eligibility and get more info.

The home improvements flier

Resources for residents not in the eligible area

Recursos para Viviendas Fuera de la Zona de Mitigación

FAQ's from Denver City Council Committee meeting

Welcome from NDCC's Executive Director, Tim Sandos and information on
CDOT's homeowner improvements

'duct-work2' a success!

Named Westword’s 2016 Best Urban Art Project, we are building on the success of 'duct-work by presenting ‘duct-work 2! On Friday, Aug. 18, nearly 20 local artists started the process of transforming the viaduct from a beast to a beauty. We 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 allowed artists to transform the viaduct into something remarkable.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, we wrapped 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!

Download additional images

Neighborhood Career Training and Resource Center Opens in GES!

GES Opening

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

Green Pillars on 46th Avenue

Green Pillar
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

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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