Tower Road on-ramp to Peña Boulevard opens to traffic
Improved interchange increases convenience, bolsters economic prospects
The new Tower Road on-ramp to westbound Peña Boulevard opened to traffic this morning, marking a highly-anticipated milestone for area residents, businesses and travelers. The Tower-Peña project, which is also nearly finished widening Tower Road through the interchange, is the result of a significant partnership between Commerce City, the City and County of Denver, Denver International Airport and the E-470 Public Highway Authority.
“Commerce City residents have been looking forward to these improvements for years, and we’re proud to deliver a project that will help residents in their day-to-day lives while also increasing economic opportunities as the Tower Road corridor continues to grow,” said Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford. “I want to like to thank each of our partners for their hard work and collaboration to make this project a reality.”
Adding the Tower Road on-ramp to westbound Peña Boulevard completes the Tower-Peña interchange, improving accessibility and shortening drive times for local and regional travelers while also making the area more attractive for business growth. The project also eliminates an existing bottleneck to make Tower Road a full four lanes all the way from E. 104th Avenue to Interstate 70.
A long-standing intergovernmental agreement between Commerce City, E-470 and Denver led to Commerce City overseeing design and construction of the $12.1 million project, with E-470 contributing the cost of building the on-ramp and the airport maintaining the new infrastructure. Denver is covering the costs associated with widening Tower Road through the project area.
“Our strong partnership with Commerce City and E-470 has made this project come to fruition,” said Eulois Cleckley, Executive Director of Denver Public Works. “The improvements will make it easier for people traveling in this area to reach their destinations, supporting the goals of Denver’s Mobility Action Plan.”
Previously completed elements of the construction include rebuilding the westbound Peña off-ramp to Tower (to align with the new ramp) and the widening of the existing Peña Boulevard bridge over Second Creek to carry the new on-ramp.
The widening of Tower Road to four lanes is expected to be complete by Thanksgiving, with the entire project on schedule to wrap up by the end of this year. Until then, drivers could still encounter lane closures, shifting alignments and traffic delays through the project area.
Learn more about the project at www.c3gov.com/TowerPena.
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As one of the state’s fastest growing cities, Commerce City is redefining itself for the next generation, building on historic values of community, industry, agriculture and family. Centrally located along Colorado’s bustling Front Range, Commerce City is a Quality Community for a Lifetime, with 25 miles of trails, a championship golf course, 840 acres of open space and parks, one of the country’s largest soccer complexes and the nation’s largest urban wildlife refuge. Learn more at www.c3gov.com
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E-470 is the 75-mph toll road running along the eastern perimeter of the Denver metropolitan area. E-470 is a user-financed roadway, receiving no local, state or federal funds for financing, construction, operations or maintenance. E-470 is a political sub-division of the state governed by the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board composed of eight local governments including Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, and the municipalities of Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Parker and Thornton. E-470 also operates ExpressToll, the all-electronic toll collection system available on E-470, Northwest Parkway, and Colorado’s Express Lanes.
1 - Commerce City councilmembers, Adams County commissioners, and other project partners cut the ribbon to officially open the Tower Road – Peña Boulevard ramp on October 29, 2018.
Pictured officials include (from left to right): E-470 Executive Director Tim Stewart, Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford, Denver City Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter, Denver Public Works Executive Director Eulois Cleckley, and Denver International Airport CEO Kim Day.
2 - Moments after the ramp opened, drivers were able to access westbound Peña Boulevard directly from Tower Road.