Denver's commute times are getting longer; new construction may make it worse – 9News.com KUSA
Commute times (and the stress that often comes with them) are likely to increase for those who travel along Interstate 70, as the “Central 70” project is set to begin later on in July.
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s “Central 70” project involves removing the I-70 viaduct across north Denver, sinking a portion of the highway near I-25 and expanding the highway between I-25 and Chambers Road via toll lanes.
Drivers will first see (later this month) road crews shut down 46th Avenue between York Street and Brighton Boulevard to allow for the construction of a railroad detour under the I-70 viaduct near the Purina factory. And that’s not saying anything about the noise levels nearby residents will have to endure.
Also ahead in the schedule is the widening project on I-70 between Chambers and Quebec. While the project is slated to last from 2018 to 2022, CDOT said the whole point of this project is to alleviate traffic headaches.
Here’s the thing, the commute to Denver, which is exceedingly stressful, is taking longer and longer. The numbers from a pair of recent studies put it in stone.
Human-resource consulting firm Robert Half checked with their recruiters and found out late last year that Coloradans rate the commute to Denver as the 13th most stressful in the country — and the 17th longest by average (46 minutes).
That’s on top of a study put out by Apartment List that shows “super-commutes” — commutes longer than 90 minutes — in the Denver area grew by over 40 percent from 2005 to 2016.
Growing number of people traveling 90-plus minutes to work
The Apartment List study breaks down the information on super-commuters — and commuting in general — for Denver. The city’s commuters use public transportation much less than some others, including