Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Web Update: I-70 Safety Improvement Project Complete

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DOT.STATE.CO.US/ARRA

WEB UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

CONTACTS:
Mindy Crane -- (303) 757-9469

Cell -- (303)-880-2136


CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE ON I-70 AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT


DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has completed construction of a two-mile safety improvement project on I-70 between Pena Boulevard and Tower Road. The $334,000 project, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), installed cable guardrail in the median of I-70 to help prevent crossover accidents.


The cable rail is not the typical steel guardrail that is placed on many highways, but is designed with an elastic property that slows the vehicle down and contains it within the median, preventing the vehicle from crossing over or coming back into traffic. This type of guardrail has been installed in many locations across the state including C-470, I-76 and US 285 in the Denver metro area.


Ideal Fencing Corporation of Erie, CO was the contractor for this project, which was completed a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.


In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million from ARRA for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects. For a list of CDOT's Recovery Act projects, visit www.dot.state.co.us/arra.