U.S. District Court Allows Central 70 Project to Move Forward

14-Nov-2017 to 30-Nov-2017

The Federal District Court in Denver recently granted FHWA and CDOT's motion to dismiss certain claims alleging the Central 70 Project is improperly connected to Denver's Platte to Park Hill stormwater project. The case was originally filed in July 2017 and in September the plaintiffs asked the court to temporarily halt the Central 70 Project, seeking to also stop further construction of the Platte to Park Hill Project. The Court found that it lacks the jurisdiction to rule on claims relating to Denver's stormwater project, which can proceed independently, regardless of the Central 70 Project.

Plaintiffs' claims relating to certain environmental issues are still before the Court, and plaintiffs are seeking an injunction to stop the Central 70 Project on these claims as well. However, today's decision allows CDOT to continue forward with the Central 70 Project while the Court continues to deliberate on these other environmental claims.

While remaining elements of the litigation proceed to a resolution in the courts, CDOT will continue to implement it's commitments to the community. Current efforts include providing home improvements to approximately 300 homes in the Elyria Swansea neighborhood and reconstruction of portions of Swansea Elementary School. Both efforts are related to preparing the local community for the four-year construction period.