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CDOT selects contractors for $ 700 million I-70 expansion between Floyd Hill and Clear Creek Canyon

Work will begin this year on the first pieces of a $ 700 million project to upgrade Interstate 70, as it descends off Floyd Hill and enters Clear Creek Canyon after state transportation officials signed contracts on Friday with the design and construction companies selected to lead the effort.

A memo sent to the Colorado Department of Transportation website Friday names Kraemer North America as the construction manager selected to lead the upcoming project after a tender process was held in the fall. The Wisconsin-based company lists the 19th Street Bridge over US 6 in Golden among its previous projects.

The company will be tasked with leading the largest transportation project in Colorado since work began on the expansion of I-70 through Denver, CDOT officials said Friday.

The British company Atkins has been chosen as the lead designer for the project, CDOT officials said.

“We are excited to bring these partners on the Floyd Hill project and begin building the much-needed improvements to this stretch of I-70,” CDOT spokesman Matthew Inzeo said in an email Friday. “Floyd Hill is a challenging part of the interstate that poses security risks and frustrating backups for travelers, and this project will provide critical upgrades to make the journey through this area much easier.”

The work would add a third lane to westbound I-70 from the top of Floyd Hill through Veterans Memorial Tunnels, add a facade road connecting US 6 and Idaho Springs and create new wildlife intersections on either side of the extended highway among other improvements, according to an online summary on CDOT’s project page.

CDOT formalized plans with the state Transportation Commission last week to complete both the eastbound and westbound sections of the long-planned project.

Exact sources of funding have not been identified, but the $ 5.4 billion transportation financing package adopted by the state legislature last year gave CDOT officials confidence to move forward. The agency initially planned to undertake only the westbound phase, Inzeo said.

“We are now in a place where we have a degree of comfort to tackle it all,” he told The Denver Post Friday.

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