Peak Period Shoulder Lane 

Landscape Architecture > Transportation > Peak Period Shoulder Lane

Idaho Springs, Colorado

Client: Colorado Department of Transportation

Peak Period Shoulder Lane: THK Associates, Inc. developed the architecture and aesthetics for 13 miles of the eastbound I-70.  The aesthetics ties these structures in both form, texture and color to other improvements on the I-70 Mountain Corridor including the Veteran's Memorial Tunnels and complies with the I-70 Mountain Corridor Aesthetic Guidance.  The project includes two new bridge structures, eleven new retaining walls and intersection improvements.  In addition, as a part of the required mitigation for the work along I-70, THK also redesigned Water Wheel Park.  As the project moved into construction, THK was contracted to perform Construction Administration on the structures and in Water Wheel Park.    

THK worked closely with CDOT and the Project Leadership Team (PLT) during the design of the project to gather community and stakeholder input, meet community goals, reduce visual clutter and design a facility that matched the character of the corridor.   

Peak Period Shoulder Lane creates a wider shoulder to allow for a third eastbound travel lane during peak times in the corridor.  This approach to the widening of I-70 to deal with peak travel time congestion allowed the highway to be expanded within the current Right-of-Way and without creating negative impacts to Clear Creek.

Construction for this project began Summer of 2014 and is expected to be complete Fall of 2016.