More and more folks who work at Denver International Airport or just use it frequently for work are choosing to live in DIA neighborhoods.
The largest of these Airport neighborhoods is Reunion. As a result, local infrastructure and public amenities have been challenged to match the growing population. Commerce City is addressing this challenge with a year master plan.
Commerce City Infrastructure Plan
Commerce City’s 5 Projects, 5 Years initiative is the result of the city’s 2-year analysis of how to improve and meet the ever-growing demands of the community. Involving residents and businesses as partners in this analysis was critical. Because, a subsequent 1% tax hike was proposed and passed to fund the recreation and infrastructure projects that make up “5 Projects, 5 Years”.
With involvement and participation between the community and local government in this Capital Improvements Plan (CIP), Commerce City has committed to completing these first 5 projects. Therefore, the goal of realizing the Quality Community for a Lifetime vision by January of 2019 is in sight. The mutual goals of all parties are to first meet the project deadlines. Then, intelligent choices will be made with taxpayer dollars. And, those choices will provide 100% transparency in how money is being spent. Finally, lower maintenance costs will be achieved by constructing first-class facilities. And, it should make it easier for people to get around the area, provide better access to other areas of the community, and enhance recreational options.
Widening Tower Road
The widening of Tower Road is one of the 5 voter-approved, CIP projects to be completed before 2019. It will cost an estimated $50 million. And, work has already begun on it to upgrade the 2-lane road to four lanes between 80th Avenue and 103rd Avenue. This will open up the roadway for more vehicles, while providing safer and better access, proper drainage, with clearer signage and signals. Additionally, sidewalks and pathways will allow safe passage for cyclists and pedestrians.
Some of the details include:
- Traffic lights at 96th, 88th, and 81st streets
- Placing electrical lines underground
- New traffic signals permitting left turns during lapses of oncoming traffic
- Dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the street
- Wide sidewalks and multi-functional pathways
- Clearly-marked lanes for turning, accelerating & decelerating
- An enhanced streetscape with LED Street lights and a landscaped median
Also, the Second Creek underpass area will be home to a beautiful, landscaped section featuring fruit trees to be harvested by a local group to be determined, and a designated area for artists to display their work.
Denver International Airport Neighborhoods Benefit
The Tower Road widening project is scheduled to be wrapped up soon. And, that will hopefully improve traffic patterns, increase foot traffic to businesse and enhance the public’s enjoyment along that stretch of road. The net result will improve the lifestyle of homes and neighborhoods near Denver International Airport.
Denver International Airport neighborhoods include Reunion, Green Valley Ranch, Quebec Highlands and Buffalo Run. New home projects just off the Tower Road corridor are also breaking ground or planned for the near future.