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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Improvements Recommended at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins Interchanges

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Improvements Recommended at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins Interchanges 

The area in Arapahoe and Adams counties surrounding the interchanges at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins Road is planned for substantial new development.  Arapahoe County is leading a study to proactively identify recommended improvements at each interchange to meet future travel demands. 

Following detailed forecasting of future traffic volumes and patterns, interchange design alternatives were developed and evaluated. The study is now nearly complete, and recommendations will be presented at an Aug. 25 virtual public meeting. Improvements at each interchange would likely be constructed in phases to provide adequate traffic operations as the area continues to grow.

Improvements recommended by this initial study will next need to be evaluated in a formal environmental clearance process before final design and construction can begin. Timing of construction is uncertain since funding for these next steps has not yet been identified. Current projections of area development show initial phases of improvements could be necessary before 2025. Arapahoe County is actively working with local partners to create a funding plan.

The virtual public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug 25, offering participation online  or by phone (855-436-3656). Those joining online will be able to view on-screen displays as the project team presents the study overview and recommendations. Phone participants will be able to provide input through their keypad, and all participants will be able to ask questions of the project team. A recording of the meeting will be posted on the project web page by Aug. 27, and comments will be accepted through Sept. 8.

More information can be found at: www.arapahoegov.com/i-70Airpark-WatkinsInterchanges

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