Infrastructure Projects at Wheat Ridge · Ward Station
Investing 4 the Future at WR · Ward Station
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:
- Reconstruction of the adjacent streets -- W. 52nd Avenue, Tabor Street, and Ridge Road
- 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
In late summer 2018, the City started designing improvements for portions of W. 52nd Avenue, Tabor Street, and Ridge Road. The scope of work includes the following:
- 52nd Avenue - Between Tabor Street and Ward Road, improvements on 52nd Avenue will include sidewalks on both sides of the street and a center turn lane. Improvements are being coordinated with the City of Arvada and Jefferson County whose jurisdictions border 52nd Avenue to the north. All improvements will be located within existing right-of-way.
- Tabor Street - Between 52nd Avenue and Ridge Road, the City will construct sidewalk, curb, gutter, and on-street parking on the east side of Tabor Street. Improvements will terminate just south of W. 52nd Avenue, and all improvements will be located within existing right-of-way. Improvements on the west side of Tabor will be the responsibility of the adjacent development.
- Ridge Road - Between Simms Place and Tabor Street, improvements on Ridge Road will include bike lanes, modified turn lanes at the Tabor Street intersection, and a sidewalk on the north side of the road. The City will need to purchase right-of-way to construct Ridge Road improvements.
Public outreach is scheduled for early 2019. A series of small group meetings will take place in January 2019 with property owners and tenants who are immediately adjacent to the roadway segments. A larger neighborhood meeting will take place in the evening of February 6 at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. In early 2019, a mailing will be sent to all property owners and tenants within 300 feet of the roadway segments and this website will be updated with the public meeting details.
For more information on planning efforts in the area or the G Line, refer to these pages: