Neighborhoods still fighting against I-70 expansion project

Neighborhoods fight against I-70 expansion project
Posted at 12:32 PM, Sep 10, 2017

DENVER – Neighborhoods are taking one last stand against the Interstate 70 expansion project.

On Saturday, the Denver Inter Neighborhood Cooperation hosted a forum discussing the lawsuits pertaining to the I-70 expansion.

INC, also known as Denver Inc, is an umbrella group that has nearly 100 members.

According to INC officials, 28 neighborhood groups voted on a motion opposing the expansion of I-70.

The motion consisted of sending a resolution of the I-70 expansion project to the city of Denver and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The INC reports 22 members voted in favor of the resolution, two opposed the resolution, and four abstained from the vote.

According to INC’s president JJ Nieman, the group “opposes the proposed expansion of I-70 because it increases the health impacts on our neighborhoods. We call upon Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock to halt the project until all health impacts have been eliminated.”

State transportation officials have chosen a team of private companies called Kiewit Meridiam Partners, or KMP, to do a $1.2 billion reconstruction and expansion of I-70 across north Denver, between I-25 and Chambers Road

Lawsuits have been filed against aspects of the Federal Highway Administration’s formal approval of the project including environmental concerns.