It is happening! I-70 Viaduct Demolition Begins – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – In the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, all eyes were open on Saturday as the Colorado Department of Transportation spent the day dismantling the Interstate 70 viaduct.

“It’s a new day for I-70,” said a resident who watched the demolition but did not want to be identified. “This bridge was old. It had to come down. “

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He says it’s time for a change and looks forward to the future.

“It’s going to be great for the neighborhood.”

This is part of the Central 70 project called Mile High Shift. CDOT closed the freeway between Washington Boulevard and Interstate 270 on Friday so they can demolish the old viaduct and move traffic into the new trench they have dug.

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The motorway will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday morning

For the neighbors, it is bitterly sweet to watch the bridge, which stood for 57 years, fall down.

“I’ll miss it, you know? I loved watching the traffic pass, ”said a neighbor.

Even so, he says he is ready for change and for the end of the project. When asked what he was looking forward to the most, he said: “No dust!”

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To minimize this dust, CDOT and its building partners use gigantic fog machines to keep everything from getting wet and blowing dust. The demolition is expected to take another five months.

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