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 January 1, 2017 and is planned for a 12-year period.
The Wheat Ridge · Ward Station area will receive $12 million from the sales tax increase, with which 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:
In late summer 2018, staff initiated a project to start designing improvements for Ridge Road (east of the station), W. 52nd Avenue, and Tabor Street. As of September 2018, field work is beginning to understand the existing conditions; this includes survey work and utility locates. Information and schedules for public outreach will be forthcoming and is expected to occur in late 2018 or early 2019.