The Federal Highway Administration says the plan is less discriminatory than the alternatives.
Some residents of Denver’s Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, including community activist Candi CdeBaca, are unhappy with plans to widen Interstate 70 north of downtown. They’ve filed a civil rights complaint to stop the $1.2 billion project.
The Colorado Department of Transportation says by 2020 the I-70 corridor between Golden and Vail will be 'smart,' meaning sensors along the highway will communicate with some vehicles about weather conditions, traffic speeds and upcoming hazards.
State highway officials hope the next big rockslide that falls on Interstate 70 won’t be as disruptive as the last one.
John Kasarda says that while Denver is doing things right with its new aerotropolis now, there could be future pitfalls.