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Tuesday, August 21,2012

Boulder announces road closings for USA Pro Challenge stage

Stage Six of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take racers through Boulder Saturday, Aug. 25. The city predicts more than 100,000 spectators will line city streets to watch the race.

Starting Friday, those roads will begin to close. The city urges residents to plan ahead, allow for extra time and be aware of road closures. Below is a full run-down of closed streets and other regulations for the weekend of Aug. 24-26.

Friday's Street Closures

Pearl Street: Closed from 15th to 20th, starting at noon.

16th, 17th, 18th and 19th streets: Closed for half a block on each side of Pearl Street, starting at noon.

Baseline Road: Closed at 6th Street, starting at 5 p.m.

Drivers can still access the public parking garage at Pearl Street and 15th Street.

Saturday's Street Closures

Pearl Street: Closure will extend from 15th Street to Folsom Avenue, starting at 6 a.m.

17th Street: Closed from Canyon Boulevard to Spruce Street "the entire day." Cars can cross 17th at only one intersection: Walnut Avenue. Canyon, Pearl and Spruce intersections will be closed.

Spruce Street: Closed from Broadway to 17th Street, also for "the entire day." Southbound traffic can cross Spruce on 14th Street. Local traffic can cross at 16th. Other intersections will be closed.

Baseline Road: Westbound lanes will be closed from Broadway to the city limits, except for local traffic at the intersection of Broadway and Baseline.

20th Street: Closed between Baseline and Cascade Avenue starting at 10 a.m.

In addition to these full-time street closures, there will be periodic closures of roadways along the USA Pro Cycling race route as riders and the caravan pass by. These closures will typically take between 15 and 45 minutes. Estimated times for periodic road closures are available on the Boulder Stage Interactive Map.

Friday, Aug. 24

5 a.m.: No parking along Flagstaff Road from 6th Street to Bison Drive.

5 p.m.: No public access to the Flagstaff open space areas. This includes all property and trails west of 6th Street, north of Gregory Canyon (including the Gregory Canyon trail), south of Boulder Canyon and east of Chapman Drive.

5 p.m.: The only vehicles allowed on Flagstaff Road will be for local residents and race related traffic, from 6th Street to Bison Drive.

Saturday, Aug. 25

7 a.m.: The public may begin accessing the Flagstaff area on foot using the Viewpoint Trail and by foot or bike using Flagstaff Road. No bikes north of Realization Point on Summit Road. Bike corrals will be available along Flagstaff Road. No dogs, no tents, no canopies allowed. Folding chairs and "personally held umbrellas" are OK. After the race, spectators will be allowed to use designated portions of the Flagstaff Trail along with the Viewpoint Trail and Flagstaff Road.

Main Boulder Public Library

Closed Saturday, Aug. 25. Branch libraries will be open regular Saturday hours.

Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua will be open, but no public parking will be available "anywhere within the Chautauqua area." Chautauqua's dining hall will be open.

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) will increase bus service to Boulder before the stage begins, and the HOP will provide free bus service within Boulder on Aug. 25. Service will be doubled for RTD’s BV route and on the BOLT to Longmont. RTD route information is available at RTD's website.

For more information on the Boulder stage of the race, visit www.usaproboulder.com.

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You didn't mention Broadway closing but it looks like it will be a main street.  I live west of Broadway off Linden.  How can I get out and back?



Hey Terry, I'm the online editor and I posted this story using the city's press release. If Broadway's going to be closed, they didn't mention that. I wonder...what they're trying to hide??

I'm kidding. I'll call their press office and get an answer for you. Check back soon.



OK, the city's communication manager directed me to www.usaproboulder.com/map, which has an interactive map. You'll have to copy and paste that link into your browser. Click the route lines on that map and it'll give you estimated closures. Their estimate for Broadway/Linden is 2:36 to 4:05 p.m.