FUNDING: U.S. DOT announces TIFIA loan for Colorado C-470 Express Lanes Project

The $106.95 million loan will go toward funding express tolled lanes in the Denver metropolitan area

June 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau will provide a $106.95 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) to finance the completion of the C-470 Express Lanes Project.

The C-470 is a 26-mile highway that runs along the southern and western part of the Denver metropolitan area, stretching between the intersection of I-25 and E-470 in the east to the intersection of US-36 and I-70 in the west. The project is the first phase of a multi-phase project and is intended to deliver additional capacity along this congested corridor by adding express tolled lanes (ETLs) and improving road layout over approximately 11.2 miles of the highway. Substantial completion is expected in July 2019.

According to the HPTE, the project will enhance mobility for all corridor users. It is expected that those who choose to use the express lanes during a typical evening westbound commute can experience travel-time savings up to 18 minutes.

The TIFIA loan will be used towards funding (a) two westbound ETLs from I-25 to 0.9 miles east of the University Boulevard off-ramp (near Colorado Boulevard), transitioning into one ETL from that location to just east of Wadsworth Boulevard, for a total length of 11.2 miles; (b) westbound auxiliary lanes between ramps from University Boulevard to Platte Canyon Road/Chatfield Avenue and from Yosemite Street to Quebec Street; and (c) one eastbound ETL from Wadsworth to I-25/E-470. 

The Bureau, which administers the TIFIA credit program, was established as a “one-stop shop” to streamline credit opportunities, while also providing technical assistance and encouraging innovative best practices in project planning, financing, delivery, and monitoring. To date, the TIFIA credit program has closed $26.4 billion in financings, supporting nearly $96 billion in rail, highway and transit projects across the country.


Source: U.S. DOT

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