Tower Road/Peña Boulevard on-ramp construction begins
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The Tower Road/Peña Boulevard on-ramp project broke ground today marking a major construction partnership between the City of Commerce City, the City & County of Denver, Denver International Airport, and the E-470 Highway Authority.
Adding the westbound on-ramp to Peña Boulevard will complete the Tower Road/Peña Boulevard interchange, creating better accessibility for local and regional travelers while also making the area more attractive and competitive for economic growth. Tower Road between E. 80th Avenue and just south of Peña Boulevard will also be widened to four lanes, connecting Commerce City, Denver and Aurora drivers through a consistent travel configuration and four lanes from E. 104th Avenue all the way to Interstate 70.
“As Commerce City continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, the improvements in this area are going to have huge impacts for all travelers,” said Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford. “Residents have been telling us for years how important this ramp is to them so I’m glad we’re able to provide them with better access to Peña Boulevard.”
“Today is another example of how our region works together to help residents from across the Denver Metro Area get to where they need to go,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “When it comes to how our residents move about the city, borders should never get in the way, and these long-awaited improvements will better connect metro residents to Denver, Commerce City, Denver International Airport and beyond.”
A long-standing intergovernmental agreement between Commerce City, E-470 and Denver allowed Commerce City to oversee design and construction of the $12.1 million project, with E-470 contributing the cost of on-ramp construction and Denver maintaining the infrastructure. Denver will reimburse Commerce City for costs associated with widening Tower Road within their jurisdictional limits.
“We are excited for the efforts made by Commerce City and their partners completing this important connection between Peña Boulevard and Tower Road,” said E-470 Executive Director Tim Stewart. “E-470 is thankful for the role it was able to play in helping to advance this important transportation connection.”
Earlier this month, Commerce City finished the widening of Tower Road from two to four lanes between E. 104th and E. 80th avenues as part of a major capital project promised to voters through a 2013 ballot initiative. The Tower Road/Peña Boulevard on-ramp and additional widening of Tower Road in Denver will further enhance connectivity in this area and fuel Aerotropolis activity by providing a comprehensive roadway network.
No full road closures are expected during the project, but some lane closures and traffic shifts will impact Tower Road, from E. 80th Avenue to the Peña/Tower interchange, and Peña Boulevard. The project requires the current westbound off-ramp to be rebuilt in a new alignment to connect to the new on-ramp. One of the first construction elements will be widening the existing Peña Boulevard bridge over Second Creek to allow for the new on-ramp. Utility work is expected to occur this month, with the public cone zone in place the first week of January to accommodate holiday travel. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2018.
Learn more about the project at www.c3gov.com/TowerPena.
Julia Virnstein, City of Commerce City
Heather Burke, City and County of Denver
Office: 720-865-2578 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Carson, E-470
From left to right: E-470 Executive Director Tim Stewart, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford, and Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day shovel first dirt kicking off the Tower Road – Peña Boulevard ramp construction project on December 18, 2017. They are joined by Commerce City and Denver councilmembers.