Elected officials and residents celebrated today at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Tower Road widening project. This project will benefit commuters by adding an extra lane in each direction between E. 80th and E. 103rd avenues, which will greatly improve traffic flow through this busy arterial roadway when it is completed in late 2017. The addition of bike lanes, sidewalk and multi-use path will provide pedestrians and cyclists a safer commute in this heavily traveled area.
“Today’s groundbreaking is not only a celebration of long-planned improvements to Tower Road,” said Mayor Pro Tem René Bullock. “It’s a celebration of a major road project under construction in the $137 million capital improvement program approved by voters in 2013.” The project will be constructed in phases with one lane of traffic in each direction maintained for the majority of the time. There may be the need for periodic detours and/or closures, which would require one-way traffic.
This is the first corridor in the city that will implement new signals equipped with the flashing yellow arrow capability for permissive left turns. LED street lighting will be owned and maintained by the city. The lights will be equipped with banner poles so the city can install banners seasonally and/or use as a public art option.
Drought-tolerant plants and drip irrigation will be used to reduce water usage. Two landscaped areas with trees and benches will be constructed adjacent to the sidewalk at E. 96th Avenue and another at the Second Creek underpass crossing. Working with the city’s Healthy Eating & Active Living (HEAL) group, one of these areas near the Second Creek underpass will be outfitted with fruit trees and an area for public art. Staff will work with LiveWell Commerce City to identify a school or volunteer group to harvest the fruit each season.
Additional improvements include: • Undergrounding the overhead electric line and relocating other dry utilities to outside of the new pavement• Storm improvements, water and sanitary sewer main lines and crossings to support future development• Major drainage structures at Second Creek and Gramma Gulch
The total project budget for the road is $51.1 million. The architect/engineer is Huitt-Zollars, Inc. and the general contractor is Flatiron Constructors, Inc. Thanks to Chris Thompson with DIA Tech Center and Republic Services for their assistance coordinating this event and ongoing construction efforts. In addition to this project, the city is designing an on-ramp at Tower Road and Peña Boulevard, which is expected to begin construction next year. View more information online.