46th Avenue to close permanently between Brighton and York

The stretch of street beneath I-70 is the first to close as highway work begins.

Art surrounded by multimodal transportation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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By the time Monday commuters head to work, the first stretch of roadway related to the I-70 expansion project will be shut down.

CDOT announced that 46th Avenue, the street that runs beneath the viaduct, will close between Brighton Boulevard and York Street. It’s that little section that dives down beneath the railroad tracks and was painted up with murals in 2016.

The closure comes as work begins on the project’s first stage, which involves work on the railroad so future construction and traffic can shimmy around it without blocking trains.

Here's what's going down. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Here's what's going down. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

CDOT spokesperson Rebecca White, said drivers will still be able to get onto I-70 westbound at York Street for now. That onramp will close in a month or so. Also, probably in three or four months, CDOT will close 46th Avenue’s eastbound lanes. Right now, east and westbound traffic is divided on either side of the viaduct’s support pillars. When the southern, eastbound lanes close, traffic will continue going both east and west on what is now the northern, westbound side.

Eventually, all of 46th will close as both lanes of highway traffic are lowered beneath the neighborhood grade. Major work on the viaduct is not projected to begin until 2020.

Stay tuned for more announcements as new changes get closer.

(Courtesy: CDOT)

(Courtesy: CDOT)