four public meetings this week.
The state wants to widen I-70 from six to 10 lanes through northeast Denver, tear down the old viaduct east of Brighton Boulevard and put the freeway underground and cover it with a park. The plan is slated to cost more than $1 billion.
Critics say the plan will displace too many businesses and residents and lead to environmental disaster, the Denver Post reports Monday:
Still, the Denver City Council earlier this month agreed to pitch in $83 million in payments and other contributions for I-70 in exchange for CDOT to provide $54 million toward nearby city drainage projects.
A telephone town hall will also be held Tuesday evening for those who can’t attend the public forums.