Steamboat prepares for Pro Cycling Challenge parking, traffic issues
August 9, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: The downtown road closure schedule for Aug. 26 has been updated since this article was first published.
The professional cyclists racing into and out of Steamboat Springs later this month may not have to use their brakes, but motorists here won't have much of a choice.
Road closure information for the two days in which Steamboat will host a USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage finish and a stage start is beginning to make the rounds. Motorists should expect plenty of detours and parking issues on Aug. 26 and 27. Here's a rundown of the latest scheduled closures, detours and alternative transportation options:
Road closures and detours
The race's fourth stage ends Friday afternoon, Aug. 26 on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.
To prepare for the finish, Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Third Street to 11th Street beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Traffic will be re-routed from Lincoln Avenue to Oak Street at Third and 11th streets during this time. Side streets, with the exception of Sixth Street, will remain open until 10 p.m. that night. At 10 p.m., all remaining cross streets with the exception of Fifth Street will be closed. Fifth Street will remain open to cross traffic.
At 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Fifth Street will be closed. Fifth street will be the first to reopen following the event, with all other cross streets reopening as quickly as possible. Lincoln Avenue is expected to reopen at about 10 p.m. Friday evening. The racers are expected to finish at 3:45 p.m. Aug. 26.
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Motorists traveling on Colorado Highway 131 should expect intermittent delays of up to 30 minutes between Interstate 70 and Steamboat Springs from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.
The Pro Cycling Challenge's fifth stage starts at 11:20 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 27 from the Meadows parking lot. Racers will head up and around Mount Werner Circle, turn right onto Steamboat Boulevard, left onto Central Park Drive, take a detour past the More Barn in Steamboat Barn Village, turn left onto Pine Grove Road and then transition onto U.S. 40 eastbound toward Rabbit Ears Pass.
The Colorado Department of Transportation expects to close U.S. 40 eastbound over Rabbit Ears Pass from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Likewise, westbound U.S. 40 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Colo. 134 just north of Kremmling. Northbound Colo. 9 will be closed at Ute Pass Road (located between Green Mountain Reservoir and Silverthorne) from 1 to 3 p.m. CDOT recommends motorists take Colo. 131 to I-70 as a detour that day.
Friday, Aug. 26
Downtown Steamboat parking will be limited, race organizers say. Instead, public parking is encouraged at Howelsen Hill, the Howelsen Ice Arena and Steamboat Springs High School. Parking at the high school won't be available until after 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27
Stage 5 starts from the Meadows parking lot at Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads, and that's also where public parking will be available for spectators.
Local organizers for the race are urging folks to consider walking, biking or taking the bus during the two days the Pro Cycling Challenge will be in Steamboat.
Cyclists can take advantage of bike corrals that will be set up at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue as well as Steamboat Springs High School for the Aug. 26 finish stage downtown. A bike corral will be set up at the Meadows lot for the start of the Aug. 27 stage near the mountain.
Steamboat Springs Transit's free city buses will operate under its normal summer schedule throughout the event, with the exception of expanded routes between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
The five expanded routes include:
- A West Steamboat Line serving the area from the Steamboat Campground east to the Stock Bridge Transit Center and ending at a special stop established where the Yampa River Core Trail meets 13th Street.
- A Lincoln Avenue Black Line that serves the area from the Stock Bridge Transit Center east to stops along Oak Street and then along U.S. Highway 40 to the Safeway and Central Park Plaza before ending at the Gondola Transit Center.
- The Yellow Line will run its typical route with the exception of not serving the Howelsen Hill area. The Yellow Line will go out of service at its regularly scheduled time of 5:50 p.m.
- The Steamboat Boulevard Line will follow Steamboat Boulevard from the Gondola Transit Center to a special stop between Third and Fourth streets downtown. The line will avoid U.S. 40.
- The Condo Line will serve the mountain area and transfer passengers at the Gondola Transit Center.
- Steamboat Springs Transit plans to offer normal service on Saturday, Aug. 27. However, it will provide extra buses on its normal routes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit Steamboat’s Pro Cycling Challenge webpage.
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