Traffic delays expected for Colorado Classic cycling event

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - With the inaugural Colorado Classic comes likely traffic delays throughout Colorado Springs. The 313-mile bike race starts in Colorado Springs on Aug. 10 and ends in Denver on Aug. 13.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be assisting motorists traveling in the state and spectators hoping to watch the race. Click here for the latest travel information from CDOT. The site will include information regarding road closures and opening times, anticipated delays and parking information.

A map from the city of Colorado Springs showcasing traffic impacts can be viewed at the bottom of this article.

“In addition to our electronic resources, our traffic, maintenance and communications personnel are doing what’s necessary to make sure this event is as safe and successful as possible,” said CDOT Deputy Executive Director Mike Lewis in a release. “Enhancing the cycling experience is part of our multi-modal mission and we see this event as an extension of that objective.”

Anyone with questions about the closures can call the race-day hotline at 719-385-INFO from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The full list of road closures in Colorado Springs is as follows:

- I-25
Bijou north and south bound off ramps will be closed on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hwy 24 may be used to access the Westside south of W. Colorado Ave. during the race.
Uintah may be used to access the Westside north of W. Colorado during the race.

- Highway 24
No access from Hwy 24 to W. Colorado Ave. on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- North 31st Street access will be closed on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Garden of the Gods: closed from 11 p.m. August 9 through 5 p.m. August 10
The park will be open to pedestrian and bicycles, however all visitors must stay off the race course at all times.
The park is scheduled to fully reopen at 5 p.m. on August 10 or when the race ends.
Rock Ledge Ranch will be closed until 5 p.m. August 10
The Garden of the Gods Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 10. Vehicle access will be from 8 - 9 a.m. The café, gift shop, movie and exhibits will all be open. Jeep, trolley and Segway tours will not be available.

- Pikes Peak Ave between Pikes Peak Ave. & Nevada Ave.: closed to vehicle traffic starting at 1 p.m. August 9 through 5 p.m. August 10
This will be the start and finish of the race.

- Downtown Colorado Springs and surrounding streets: closed to vehicle traffic August 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This area includes the area between Cascade Ave. and Mesa Road on the east, Tejon Street on the west, Cache La Poudre on the north, and Colorado Ave. on the south end.
No vehicle traffic will be allowed in the area.
Pedestrian traffic will be limited. To enter or exit the area, contact an officer along the route. Expect long delays.
Surrounding streets leading up to the above closure area will also be closed (see map)
People with access issues or concerns can call 719-385-INFO on the day of the race.

- Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: surrounding streets closed August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be an officer posted at Dale Street and Cascade Ave. to help people leave the area. Expect long delays.

- Colorado Ave: closed to vehicle traffic from Nevada Ave. to 30th Street on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Use Hwy 24 (Cimmaron Street) or Uintah Street as alternates. Note: Traffic on Uintah Street will not be allowed to cross the race route at 30th Street.
There will be officers located at the following crossing points. Expect long delays:
14th and Colorado Ave.
21st and Colorado Ave.
26th and Colorado Ave.

- Pikes Peak Ave. west of 30th Street: closed on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be officers located at the following crossing points. Expect long delays:
31st and Pikes Peak Ave.
34th and Pikes Peak Ave.

- Ridge Road, 30th St, Mesa Rd, Fontmore Rd: closed to vehicle traffic on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or when the race ends.
These streets are part of the race route. Streets leading up to the race route may also be closed. For example, 30th will be closed at Garden of the Gods Road. See map for more details.

- Pleasant Valley neighborhood: access to this area will be restricted on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents in this area will be allowed to leave. They can re-enter the neighborhood at 31st Street and Pikes Peak Ave. Expect delays when leaving or entering the area during the race.
Officers will be posted at the following intersections to assist residents out of the neighborhood. Expect long delays.
30th and Bijou St.
30th and Castle Road / Glen Eyrie Circle.

- Residents living between Mesa Rd and 30th Street: access to this area will be restricted on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Officers will be posted in neighborhoods to escort residents so they can exit through the Kissing Camels neighborhood.
Residents in this area will be allowed to leave, however, no traffic will be allowed back into the neighborhood until 5 p.m. or the race is finished.
Residents living on Fillmore between 30th Street & Mesa and in La Posada Del Sol on Mesa Rd: access to this area will be restricted on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Officers will be posted in neighborhoods to escort residents so they can exit through the Fillmore/Mesa intersection.

- Kissing Camels neighborhood
Access from Mesa Road will not be allowed on August 10 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Entrance to the neighborhood will be available from the east side of the neighborhood near the King Soopers off Centennial Boulevard.

- Residents living south of Colorado Ave.
This area will not be closed but because of the proximity to the race route, be prepared for delays getting in and out of the neighborhood.
To report vehicles parked in front of your driveway or blocking an intersection, call 719-385-INFO.

The schedule for the Colorado Classic is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 10/Stage 1/Colorado Springs Circuit
Between downtown Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods.
Women’s race from approximately 10 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.
Men’s race from approximately 1:10 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11 Stage 2/Breckenridge Circuit
Between downtown Breckenridge and east Breckenridge.
Women’s Race from approximately 11 a.m. to 12:25 a.m.
Men’s Race from approximately 2 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Road closures begin at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
Minor delays expected on CO. 9 between Frisco and Fairplay. Highway 9 remains OPEN through Breckenridge.

Saturday, Aug. 12 Stage 3/Denver Stage Race (Denver, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Golden, Arvada, Jefferson County, Coal Creek Canyon, Gilpin County, Golden Gate Canyon
From downtown Denver to Gilpin County and back to downtown Denver.
Men’s Race from approximately 1:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Road closures/detours begin in downtown Denver and RINO District on

Friday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. and end on Sunday, Aug. 13
at 11 p.m. Road and ramp closures along the race route begin Saturday at 1 p.m. and end at 4:45 p.m. Delays of varying length (10 to 45 minutes) should be anticipated at Speer, Federal, Sheridan and Wadsworth boulevards and Kipling Street.

Off-ramps will be closed from I-25 to Speer Boulevard and from I-70 to 32nd Avenue/Youngfield Street for the duration of the race. Off-ramps from Highway 58 to McIntyre Street will close, reopen after race passes and close again for race’s return.

Other state highway closures/traffic stops and delays:
-Highway 93 between 58th Avenue and Highway 72
-Highway 72 between Highway 93 and Twin Spruce Road
-Highway 119 between Gap Road and Golden Gate Canyon Road (CO 46)
-Highway 46 between Highway 119 and Highway 93

Sunday, Aug. 13 Stage 4/Denver Circuit
Between RINO neighborhood and City Park
Men’s race from approximately 12:20 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Road closures/detours begin in downtown Denver and RINO District on Friday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. and end on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 11 p.m.
Road closures for streets crossing race route on Sunday from 11:20 a.m. to 4 p.m.