Nighttime construction may slow up I-70 this week in Denver

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Some fairly serious construction is happening east of Denver on Interstate 70 this week.

An image of I-70 over Havana Street. (CDOT)

An image of I-70 over Havana Street. (CDOT)

The big one:

All eastbound lanes of the highway will be closed between Central Park Boulevard and Peoria Street on the night of Thursday, Nov. 17.

The shutdown will happen in phases: A single lane will close at 7 p.m., two lanes will be closed as of 9 p.m., three lanes as of 11 p.m., and the entire eastbound side will be closed from midnight to 5 a.m.

A detour will send drivers off the highway at exit 279, north on Central Park Boulevard, east on 47th Avenue and south along Peoria Street to get back on I-70.

But also:

The ramp from eastbound I-70 to Havana Street will be closed twice this week. It will be shut down on the nights of Monday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 17, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Detours will be in place, with more information available from CDOT.

But why?

This is all part of a $25 million project to replace the bridge that takes I-70 over Havana Street. CDOT promises to keep two lanes open in either direction during the busiest travel hours.