Denver, Commerce City working together to fix Tower Road bottleneck

DENVER -- As Commerce City grows, so does traffic on Tower Road.

The street has been widened to four lanes in Commerce City, but is still only two lanes wide in Denver, from Pena Boulevard north to the Commerce City line.

That frequently causes traffic backups.

"Everybody's in a rush to get from point A to point B," said Adam Hernandez. "It takes a while to get through."

On Monday, the Denver City Council will vote on an intergovernmental agreement to widen the stretch of Tower in Denver.

Under the proposed agreement, Denver would pay for the cost of construction, but Commerce City would pay for the environmental analysis and design work.

Commerce City would also be in charge of construction.

According to the proposed agreement, Denver's share would be about $6-million.

"Tower is considered a primary economic corridor because of its proximity to Denver International Airport," said Jodi Hardee, a senior communications specialist with Commerce City. 

She said Tower serves as an important north-south route from people who live in the Turnberry, Buffalo Run, Fronterra and Reunion neighborhoods.

Hardee said Commerce City's population, currently 54,869, is expected to grow another 30 percent by the year 2035.

The widened stretch in Commerce City is still coned off to one lane in each direction.

Hernandez said he can't wait until that changes.

"I'd like to see that road open up so we can get to work and get home as fast as we can," he said.

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