CDOT to offer highway updates

Race impacts to be on state website

Highway closures in Crested Butte prompted spectators to ride their bike to the finish in Mount Crested Butte. State highways will experience rolling closures throughout the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Enlarge photo

Dale Strode/Durango Herald

Highway closures in Crested Butte prompted spectators to ride their bike to the finish in Mount Crested Butte. State highways will experience rolling closures throughout the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Colorado Department of Transportation will provide travel impact information for motorists during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, what could be the largest spectator event in Colorado history.

The race, which will start in Durango on Monday, Aug. 20, and will end in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 26, will affect numerous highways across the state during the week.

The site will have data on closures, delays and suggested alternative routes.

There also will be links to host cities' websites, including www.durango2012.com. There also are links to long-term parking questions.

For real-time information related to highway impacts, motorists can sign up for CDOT's email and text alerts, available at www.coloradodot.info by clicking on the green cellphone icon. Follow CDOT on Twitter: @coloradodot.

Daily road closure information during the event also will be available by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.cotrip.org.

Race officials estimate more than 1 million spectators may watch the race in person over the course of seven consecutive days. The race will go through numerous Colorado communities with starts and finishes in Durango, Telluride, Montrose, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Beaver Creek/Vail, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Golden, Boulder and Denver.

Stage 1

Aug. 20: Durango to Telluride. Highways affected will be Colorado Highways 160, 184 and 145. Impacts will begin at 7 a.m. in Durango and will end by 4 p.m.

Stage 2

Aug. 21: Montrose to Mount Crested Butte. Highways affected will be U.S. Highway 50 and Colorado Highway 135, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending by 4 p.m. Also, Cottonwood Pass will be closed at 3 p.m. Aug. 21 until 1 p.m. Aug. 22.

Stage 3

Aug. 22: Gunnison to Aspen. Highways affected include Colorado Highway 135, U.S. Highway 24, Cottonwood Pass and Colorado Higway 82 (Independence Pass) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stage 4

Aug. 23: Aspen to Beaver Creek. Highways affected include Colorado Highway 82, U.S. Highway 24 and U.S. Highway 6. Impacts will begin at 9 a.m. and end about 4 p.m.

Stage 5

Aug. 24: Breckenridge to Colorado Springs: Highways affected include Colorado Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stage 6

Aug. 25: Golden to Boulder. Highways affected include Colorado highways 93, 119, 72, 7 and U.S. Highway 36. Impacts will start at 11 a.m. and end about 4 p.m.

Stage 7

Aug. 26: Denver time trial: No highway impacted; downtown Denver streets only.