E-470

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E-470 marker

E-470
Route information
Maintained by E-470 Public Highway Authority
Length:46.950 mi[1] (75.559 km)
Existed:1991 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-25 / US 87 / SH 470 in Lone Tree
 

I-70 / US 36 / US 40 / US 287 in Aurora
I-76 / US 6 in Commerce City

US 85 in Brighton
North end: I-25 / US 87 / Northwest Parkway in Thornton
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 470US 491
 
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E-470 marker

E-470
Route information
Maintained by E-470 Public Highway Authority
Length:46.950 mi[1] (75.559 km)
Existed:1991 – present
Major junctions
South end: I-25 / US 87 / SH 470 in Lone Tree
 

I-70 / US 36 / US 40 / US 287 in Aurora
I-76 / US 6 in Commerce City

US 85 in Brighton
North end: I-25 / US 87 / Northwest Parkway in Thornton
Highway system
Colorado State Highways
SH 470US 491

E-470 is a 47-mile-long (76 km) controlled-access toll road traversing the eastern portion of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area in the US state of Colorado. The toll road is not a state highway, but is instead maintained by the E-470 Public Highway Authority, which is controlled by a governing board of ten elected officials, three from each county and one from Aurora. Construction and operation involves no state or federal funding or taxes.

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Route description

The tollway begins at the I-25 / SH 470 interchange in Lone Tree and runs east and north through Aurora, intersecting with I-70. The highway continues north, passing west of Denver International Airport to connect with I-76 in Brighton and Commerce City before curving west and ending at an interchange with I-25 and the Northwest Parkway in Thornton.

The 470 beltway

E-470 is the eastern portion of what was originally conceived as I-470, an outer beltway for metropolitan Denver. The quasi-government entity that manages the highway, the E-470 Public Highway Authority, consists of eight member jurisdictions: Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties and the cities of Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, and the town of Parker. In addition to all of these jurisdictions, E-470 also passes through the City and County of Denver near Denver International Airport. Affiliate, non-voting members of the Authority, which the highway does not directly serve, are the cities of Arvada and Greeley, and Weld County and the City and County of Broomfield. Ex-officio members are the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Regional Transportation District. The authority is headquartered in Aurora.

Tolls

The toll rate on E-470, roughly 33 cents per mile, is one of the highest rates of any toll road in the United States.[2][3][citation needed] There are six toll stations along the 47-mile (76 km) route and the average toll to pass each is $3.00.[2] Traveling the entire length of the road from I-25 in the north to I-25 in the south can cost in excess of $14.00 one way. The toll stations no longer accept cash; E-470 was one of the first highways in the United States to implement full highway-speed electronic tolling.[4] Cameras at each station photograph the front and rear license plate of each vehicle. A bill is mailed after approximately 30 days to the registered owner of the vehicle in accordance with C.R.S 43-4-506.5 (6)(a).[5] Failure to pay the bill on time results in a $5 late fee after 30 days, followed by a $15 collection fee after 60 days, and a $25 penalty after a total of five months, and then an additional $20 court charge after six months totaling a maximum penalty of $65 for each unpaid set of tolls.[6]

Drivers with EXpressToll accounts, E-470's automated toll collection service, and transponders mounted on their vehicle save 20% on posted toll rates along E-470.[7]

History

Plans for this eastern extension of State Highway 470 gained momentum in the 1980s, as Denver moved forward with plans for a new international airport in its corridor. Recognizing the highway's development potential, a number of local governments joined together to create the E-470 Public Highway Authority, a quasi-governmental entity that would construct the highway. The highway would be financed through tolls, a relative rarity in the western U.S.

The first section, between I-25 in the south and Parker Road in Douglas County, opened to traffic June 1, 1991. Tolling began on July 15, making E-470 the first highway in the United States to implement open road electronic tolling.[8] The highway was opened segment by segment until the final stretch connecting to I-25 in the north in Adams County opened on January 3, 2003.[9]

E-470 at I-76

In its early years, traffic was light as the completed portion was short and traversed a largely undeveloped area. With the opening of Denver International Airport in 1995, E-470 came in as a direct route to the airport from the rapidly growing southern tier of the metropolitan area. Upon its completion, the highway provided the same access for northern Colorado, itself a high-growth area. However, perhaps the most significant growth in the region will occur in the E-470 corridor itself, which spawned numerous annexations by member cities; Commerce City, Colorado has doubled in land area in anticipation of this new development. In the coming decades, 250,000 new residents are expected along the E-470 corridor in Aurora alone, which would nearly double that city's population.

Up until 2006, E-470 had four signalized intersections with I-70 and its outer roads, which often got congested at peak hours. By 2004 this interchange proved too inadequate for the traffic it was receiving. The Fly-By was completed in 2006 and allows customers to bypass the signals if continuing on E-470. Traffic going to or from I-70 still uses the old road and intersections, although E-470 is currently in the process of designing a direct connection with I-70. In 2007, Ramp H was completed, providing a direct connection from Northbound E-470 to Westbound I-70. The I-70/E-470 Fly-By Interchange Complex in Aurora was recognized by the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) with a National Design Build Award in 2008.

Exit list

CountyLocationMile[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Douglas
Lone Tree0.0000.0001A I-25 – Denver, Colorado Springs
SH 470
South end of E-470; roadway continues as west SH 470
 1BJamaica Street to County Line RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
 1.7112.7542 Peoria Street – Centennial Airport
 2.7004.345Toll Plaza A
Stonegate3.5025.6363Chambers Road
Stonegate
Parker
4.3807.0494Jordan Road – Parker
Parker5.1808.3365 SH 83 (Parker Road) – Parker, Centennial, Aurora
Arapahoe
Aurora8.88714.3029Gartrell Road
10.68317.19310Smoky Hill Road
13.35221.48813Quincy Avenue – Aurora
16.15025.991Toll Plaza B
16.45126.47516Jewell Avenue to Iliff Avenue
19.00030.578196th Parkway
Arapahoe
Adams
20.37532.79020 I-70 / Colfax Avenue, 19th Avenue, Gun Club Road – Limon, Aurora, DenverNorthbound exits signed as 20A (east) and 20B (west), southbound exit 20, no toll either direction
Adams
22.61036.387Toll Plaza C
24.47739.39224 56th Avenue – Front Range Airport
25.52341.0752564th Avenue
City and County of Denver
27.84944.81928 Peña Boulevard – Denver International AirportSigned as exits 28A (east) and 28B (west)
Adams
Commerce CityToll Plaza D
30.56249.1853196th Avenue
32.67852.59032104th Avenue
34.13054.92734 To I-76 west / 120th Avenue
Commerce City
Brighton
35.49157.11735 I-76 east – Fort MorganNorthbound entrance and southbound exit
Brighton38.46561.90338 US 85 to I-76 west – Brighton, Greeley, Commerce City, Denver
Todd Creek40.22064.728Toll Plaza E
Thornton43.81770.51743Colorado Boulevard – Thornton
44.84372.16845York Street
46.398–
46.950
74.670–
75.559
47 I-25 – Fort Collins, Denver
Northwest Parkway
North end of E-470; roadway continues west as Northwest Parkway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
     Concurrency terminus     Closed/former     Incomplete access     Unopened

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Staff. "Highway Data". Colorado Department of Transportation. http://www.dot.state.co.us/app_DTD_DataAccess/Highways/index.cfm?fuseaction=HighwaysMain&MenuType=Highways. Retrieved October 2007.  Note that not every interval between mileposts is exactly a mile, explaining why more exits than expected are at the exact milepost.
  2. ^ a b Staff (2011). "Calculating Tolls". E-470 Public Highway Authority. https://www.expresstoll.com/CalculatingTolls/Pages/Calculating-Tolls.aspx. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Lewis, Al (January 1, 2006). "Toll roads: Future fodder for the Junk Bond Market: Roads take their toll on wallets". The Denver Post. http://corridornews.blogspot.com/2006/01/toll-roads-future-fodder-for-junk-bond.html. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Staff (2011). "How E-470 Works". E-470 Public Highway Authority. https://www.expresstoll.com/HowE-470Works/Pages/HowE-470Works.aspx. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Staff (2005). "C.R.S 43-4-506.5 (6)(a)". Colorado Revised Statutes. Colorado General Assembly. http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/olls/sl2005a/sl_225.htm. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Staff (2011). "Tolls". E-470 Public Highway Authority. https://www.expresstoll.com/Help/Pages/Tolls.aspx. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff (2011). "EXpress Toll". E-470 Public Highway Authority. https://www.expresstoll.com/Help/Pages/EXpressToll.aspx. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "TollRoadsNEWS". Wikipedia declares DNT and E470 both "first" in electronic tolling. TollroadsNEWS. http://www.tollroadsnews.com/node/6134. Retrieved 20 august 2012. 
  9. ^ "E-470 Historical Fact File". E-470 Website. E-470 Public Highway Authority. https://www.expresstoll.com/AboutUs/Documents/Historical%20Fact%20File%202011%209-30-2011.pdf. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 

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