The first completed section of roadway of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Central 70 project will open to drivers starting late Wednesday.

That’s when traffic will be routed from the old lanes of the Peoria Street bridge to the new structure. The traffic on the bridge will be shifted on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Thursday: Traffic shifts on eastbound I-70 over Peoria Street
  • Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday: Traffic shifts on westbound I-70 over Peoria Street

Traffic will be reduced to one lane overnight while the new lanes are striped and motorists are guided onto the new Peoria bridge. Once traffic switches to the new bridge, crews will demolish and rebuild the existing bridge.

A total of 22 new bridges, including the one over Peoria Street, are part of the work being done along the 10-mile stretch of I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road. The east part will be completed before the central and west sections. The work includes widening the highway and a new I-270 flyover structure and the I-70 bridge over Quebec Street.