C-470 and Santa Fe interchange will reopen 2 days early

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The interchange under construction at Santa Fe Drive and C-470 is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday by 5 a.m.

The interchange has been closed for days as crews worked 24/7 to demolish a bridge as part of the U.S. 85 widening project.

Project leaders say about 150,000 people use that interchange every day, and there were 2-mile backups on eastbound C-470 Monday. The backups affected people who live and work in the area, especially builders who need access to a large building supply store nearby.

“If you are trying to pick stuff up or plan your day, I mean, it delays me easily 30 to 45 minutes per visit coming over here. So, it impacts me, and I know it impacts so many other builders,” said Scott Helgesen with Denver Home Concepts.

Traffic backup on C-470
Traffic backup on C-470

1968 bridge demolished at C-470 and Santa Fe

Officials say they appreciate the patience. The bridge was originally built in 1968, and crews had to demolish it to make way for the second half of the new bridge.

But crews are ahead of schedule and plan to reopen the interchange two days early.

“We saw the weather forecast coming, and we wanted to get everything out of the road as fast as we could and get back to normal operations before the weather hit,” said Mike McNish with Kraemer North America.

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He is grateful many drivers chose alternate routes.

While some businesses feared a dip in traffic, Rich Rubel, the owner of Anthony’s Pizza near Sante Fe and Town Center Drive, said his restaurant is doing well, despite the detours.

“It hasn’t stopped people from coming to see us,” Rubel said.

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