"The earth is what we all have in common." -Wendell Berry


The Thornton Traffic division strives to ensure maximum transportation options and efficiency for the traveling public by doing the following:

  1. Construct bicycle lanes wherever possible on new and resurfaced roads
  2. Try to expand connectivity of Thornton's trails with our streets
  3. Re-time the traffic signal lights every few years to adjust for changing traffic patterns and demand levels to help ensure a smooth flow of traffic for as many vehicles as possible
  4. Design and construct RTD bus pull-outs wherever possible to help maintain the smooth and continuous flow of traffic while buses are stopped to load and unload passengers
  5. Install LED lights in traffic signals whenever possible to decrease electricity demand
  6. Participate in the Crash Reduction Program, which is a partnership among multiple jurisdictions and law enforcement agencies to help reduce the frequency and severity of vehicle accidents

The traffic signal lights that control the flow of vehicles on Thornton's major street corridors are typically retimed every 3-4 years, or sooner if the need arises. Thornton partners with the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) to coordinate the timing of traffic signals. The purpose of this work is to enable vehicles to move along as smoothly as possible and reduce travel times, fuel consumption, and environmental contamination in the form of exhaust.

For more information, please click on the link below to view the DRCOG website. You will be able to zoom in to the Thornton area on the map. When you click on a corridor, it will give the annual benefits of the most recent retiming project.