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Old 12-06-2007, 03:03 PM
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Hey everyone!

I am eagerly awaiting the start date of my new job in Wheat Ridge at the beginning of January. Earlier this month, we got our apartment all lined up in Highlands Ranch (after multiple visits, days of driving around the metro, and carefully considering all of our options, we have decided that is our best fit for our needs). My question is: What kind of commute time am I looking at from Highlands Ranch to Wheat Ridge? I would be getting off in Highlands Ranch at Lucent Blvd. I clocked it last time I was out there on a Friday afternoon with minimal traffic and it took me 30 minutes. I took 470 to 70 and then headed back east to Kipling. Is there a faster route to go? How long would it take me in, say, adverse weather conditions (snow, ice storm, sleet, etc.). Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
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Old 12-06-2007, 03:33 PM
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Santa Fe north to I-25 to I-70 West is an alternative that takes about the same time or a couple of minutes more as 470 to I-70. If you want to avoid highways completely, Wadsworth and Kipling both go straight north to Wheat Ridge. They take much longer, but if highways are backed up completely, they do go through.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:03 PM
Location: cincinnati northern, ky
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lol my first night ever in the metro area back in august i got lost on kipling i was MAD and very pissed off you know how it is when u get lost and are in a city that u have no clue how to navigate :P took me about 2 hours but i finally found my hotel, lol told my parents and they laughed, they told me that leaving at sunset to go explore is something you only do once!
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Old 12-07-2007, 04:04 PM
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We live in HR and have driven to the Wheat Ridge area several times this fall for football games. It takes us about 45 minutes mid-afternoon. We hop on C470 one exit further west, from Santa Fe, and cruise around the loop to 70.

Coming home at 5:00 it was closer to an hour back to the house.
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Old 12-07-2007, 06:10 PM
Location: Castle Rock, CO
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Thats a rough drive from HR ... the direct routes are all riddled with lights and cross streets. The highways are less direct and subject to major traffic snarls depending upon the weather and the number accidents.

Going up Kipling might be the best overall route. You could also do Santa Fe, buts its pretty slow going with all the lights. If you have 2 or more in your car, then you can use the HOV lanes on Santa Fe and make pretty good time.

I'd say 45min-1 hour will be the norm. On a really awful snow day, double that.
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