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UNDERGROUND LUNCH & LEARN
January 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
I-70 MOUNTAIN CORRIDOR, PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE
Interstate 70, between Denver and Vail, was constructed between 1960 and 1980. Population growth in Colorado and the growth of the world class recreation industry in the mountains have resulted in the highway having inadequate capacity. In 2011, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the corridor communities partnered on a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement laying out a 50 year plan for transportation in the corridor to increase transportation capacity and also minimize environmental impacts to the region. Details of the plan, projects completed thus far and projects that are under development will be discussed.
Stephen Harelson is a Program Engineer for the Colorado Department of Transportation, where he has been employed since 2002. Prior to working at CDOT, he worked as a consulting engineer in Denver, Boston and Summit County. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. Notable projects he has worked on include the Fire Suppression System in the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel, the Veterans Memorial Tunnel reconstruction in Idaho Springs, and the I70 Mountain Express Lanes in Clear Creek County. Mr. Harelson is a native of Leadville, and as a child witnessed much of the original construction of the Interstate in the 1970s.