Investing 4 The Future--Projects Funded by 2E
In November of 2016, Wheat Ridge voters approved a ½ cent increase in the City’s sales tax rate in order to fund investments that will improve transportation infrastructure, create opportunities for economic development, and enable additional “place-making” to attract those wanting to live in Wheat Ridge. The new sales tax rate went into effect on January 1, 2017 and will be in effect for a period of 12 years.
The four projects that will move forward with funding from the sales tax increase include: improvements to Anderson Park and its facilities; installation of I-70 on/off ramps for the Clear Creek Crossing mixed-use development; widening of Wadsworth Blvd. into an attractive corridor for multi-modal use; and improvements to public infrastructure and amenities to encourage economic development and transit opportunities at the Wheat Ridge • Ward Station.
Plans for and progress on those four projects will be shared in a variety of ways over the next few years. Details will be posted on this web page and links will be available as those projects progress under the leadership of specific City departments. Please follow Wheat Ridge on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor, and check our publications for updates on community meetings and other opportunities to provide input and participate in the process of creating an even brighter future for our City.
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Improvements to Anderson Park were completed this summer and include:
- Outdoor pool locker room renovations and lifeguard office
- Anderson building -- replace leaking roof, reconfigure the space to allow additional programming for fitness and wellness classes, lobby renovation
- Sports fields -- new lights
- Pavilion area – new shelter and permanent picnic tables
- Clear Creek Access improvements
- Parking lot and path improvement/resurfacing, waterline replacement
- Playground improvements and art installation planned for fall of 2019
Learn More: Project Website
Clear Creek Crossing
Phoenix-based real estate firm Evergreen Devco Inc. is developing a mixed-use project between 32nd Avenue and Highway 58, along I-70, that would include multi-family residences, retail stores, entertainment facilities, restaurants, hotels, a large anchor store and a 35-acre office complex. A trail system will provide connections to the Clear Creek Trail.
2E funding will finance:
- Construction of westbound I-70 on/off ramps
- Removal of the off-ramp at 32nd Avenue
- Construction of a connecting street to 32nd Avenue
Learn More: Project Website
Clear Creek Crossing information from the City of Wheat Ridge
Additional Clear Creek Crossing information from Evergreen Devco Inc.
In April 2016, the City of Wheat Ridge initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) study and Access Management review for the widening of Wadsworth Boulevard. The study reviewed environmental impacts associated with transportation improvements planned for Wadsworth between 35th Avenue and I-70. The EA builds off of a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study for Wadsworth that was completed in 2015 with input from the local community. The EA is the first of several phases; construction is projected to begin in 2019.
The major components of the proposed widening are to reconstruct the street to a 6-lane section; provide better bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities; manage driveway access to the street; and provide enhanced amenity zones along the corridor, particularly between W. 38th and W. 44th Avenues. Currently, a simple version of a Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) is the preferred design for the intersections of W. 38th and 44th Avenues. CFIs are an innovative intersection design that are increasingly being used around the country. In Colorado they can be found in Durango and Loveland, and will soon be built in both Douglas and Arapahoe Counties
- Project Website
- CFI Video
- Project Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Wadsworth EA Design Overview Map
Wheat Ridge · Ward Station
With the new funding from the sales tax increase, the City will address traffic growth and facilitate redevelopment and economic development opportunities in the area surrounding the G Line commuter rail station at 52nd Avenue and Ward Road. The improvements may include:
- Reconstruction of the adjacent streets -- Ridge Road, 52nd Avenue, Tabor Street
- Installing a traffic signal at the Ward Road/Ridge Road intersection
- Building a pedestrian bridge over the rail tracks
- Pedestrian access improvements and other public amenities