Safety

Your Safety is our Priority

E-470’s mission is to improve your journey through safety, service, stewardship and reliability. From keeping you safe during inclement weather, to multiple safety features along the roadway, we are committed to ensuring your safety on our road.

Cable Median Barrier

Cable median barrier is found on all 47 miles of E-470. The barrier improves safety on the road and prevents cross-over accidents by absorbing the crash’s kinetic energy and keeping the vehicle in place rather than bouncing it back into traffic or accross the median into oncoming traffic. Since the installation of cable median barrier, there have been zero cross-over fatalities on E-470.

Reducing the Cost of Vehicle Incidents in the Region

E-470, through our commitment to safety, offers a more reliable, faster and  safer form of vehicular travel which means a reduction in the overall number of regional fatalities, accidents and injuries. A regional roadway network with and without E-470 suggests that drivers would have traveled an additional 1.4 million miles per day in 2019. This would have resulted in an additional 650 incidents (vehicular damage, injuries, and fatalities) per day in 2020. In terms of economic costs avoided, E-470 saved drivers an estimated  $70.3 million in 2020.

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Wrong Way Driver Prevention

Wrong way signs and traffic direction arrows are installed at all E-470 off ramps as a standard safety feature. The flashing signs, combined with pavement arrows indicating the ramp is an off-ramp, not an on-ramp, are measures designed to capture the attention of those who focus only on the pavement immediately ahead of them and who don’t see the standard wrong-way signs.

Deer Fence

In an effort to save lives and protect wildlife, E-470 utilizes deer fencing to reduce vehicle-wildlife collisions on the road. From Parker Rd. to Smoky Hill Rd. there were approximately 15 deer vs. automobile incidents per year. Since the deer fence was installed, there are approximately five deer vs. automobile incidents per year. Deer fence was installed as part of E-470’s most recent road widening project from Quincy Ave. to I-70, and continued installation will occur with future road widening projects.

Related Information

Roadside Assistance

Contact E-470’s roadside assistance and Traffic Management Center at (303) 537-3400 to report road debris or road hazards.

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Transportation Safety Foundation

As a nonprofit corporation, the foundation fundraises to provide donations and grants as a means of promoting transportation safety.

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Maps

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