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The addition of a third lane in each direction along E-470 from Quincy Avenue to Parker Road is now complete. Part of the eight-mile Road Widening Project, the new lanes will allow the toll road to accommodate projected growth and continue to maintain free flow of traffic.
A 2014 study of the E-470 Public Highway Authority indicated that the section of roadway between Quincy Avenue and Parker Road would need to be widened by 2018 to continue operating at the same level of service desired by customers.
Work began in spring 2016, and the new lanes opened Oct. 16, two months ahead of projected. Final work on signage, landscaping and lighting is expected to wrap up in the coming weeks. Cost of the project is about $90 million.
The project also included the construction of a regional trail along the west side of E-470, between Quincy Avenue and Ireland Way. The trail opened Dec. 1.
The trail has been constructed past the designated endpoint at Ireland Way, along the E-470 right of way to the Arapahoe/Douglas County line, although this section is not yet open to the public. The Town of Parker is working with neighboring jurisdictions to determine the connectivity and final design for the trail reaching to the Cherry Creek Trail west of Parker Road.
E-470 officials see the construction of the trail as laying the groundwork for future connections and travel options in the area through partnerships with the local jurisdictions.
“The Road Widening Project provided us with an opportunity to explore other steps, like the trail and added lanes, that we could take now to prepare for enhanced connectivity and options in the future,” Tim Stewart, E-470 executive director, said in a news release. “The larger focus of the project — adding roadway capacity — will allow us to meet customer demand and continue to provide a safe and reliable journey for travelers."
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