EXPANSION: Central 70 Project construction starts
After years of planning, hundreds of hours of community input, and the completion of the environmental studies, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)’s plan to lower and cover part of I-70 with a park already started. It is Denver and metro area’s first major freeway project in 15 years and CDOT’s largest project ever. When completed, in 2022, the Central 70 Project will reduce congestion, improve safety and better accommodate future growth along this vital transportation corridor. This highway was constructed in the early 1960’s.
CDOT’s Central 70 Project will reconstruct a 10-mile stretch of I-70 East, add one new Express Lane in each direction, remove the aging 54-year old viaduct, lower the interstate between Brighton and Colorado boulevards and place a 4-acre park over a portion of the lowered interstate by Swansea Elementary School. It is important to remark that I-70 remain operational throughout construction. The contractor, Kiewit Meridiam Partners will keep three lanes open in each direction during the work.
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MOVING UP: Candidates for Colorado’s lieutenant governor
Dianne Primavera and Lang Sias are the candidates for governor of Colorado’s running mates. They both were state legislators in the past. Primavera, Polis’ running mate, was elected for the first time in 2006, and represented District 33, in Broomfield. As a legislator, Primavera focused on bills that improved people’s access to health care. She is a cancer survivor and that personal experience defined the focus of her career as a legislator. She is currently the CEO of the Susan Komen Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Sias, on the other hand, has a military career. He was a member of the U.S. Navy and the Air National Guard. He also worked as a pilot for FedEx. Stapleton’s running mate holds a graduate degree in economy from the London School of Economics. During his work as a legislator, since 2015 until now, Sias has also shown interest in the topic of health. He promoted a state law that reformed Colorado’s health care and brought more transparency to the cost consumers pay for medical services.