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August 1, 2012
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CDOT braces for traffic impacts of USA Pro Challenge

In coordination with the USA Pro Challenge, the Colorado State Patrol and other state entities, the Colorado Department of Transportation has prepared traveler impact information for motorists during what may be the largest spectator event in Colorado history.

From Monday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 26, the USA Pro Challenge will bring the world's top cyclists and their fans to the state. The race will impact numerous highways, including U.S. Highway 24 and U.S. Highway 6 into Beaver Creek on Aug. 23. In order to prepare motorists, CDOT has posted details on its traveler information website at www.cotrip.org/content/usapcc/.

The site contains information for motorists regarding highway closures, delays, oversize/overweight restrictions, and suggested alternative routes. There are also links to host cities' websites where local road closure information can be found, links to long-term parking information and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). The times for delays and closures are estimates and may be subject to change depending on the pace of the riders, weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

For real-time information related to highway impacts, motorists are encouraged to sign up for CDOT's email and text alerts - available at www.coloradodot.info by clicking on the green cell phone icon - and are encouraged to follow CDOT on Twitter (@coloradodot). Daily road closure information during the event will be available by calling 511 from anywhere in the state or by visiting www.cotrip.org.

Race officials are estimating that more than one million spectators may watch the race in person over the course of seven consecutive days. Traversing nearly 700 miles of Colorado terrain, racers will pass through numerous towns and cities, including Beaver Creek, Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Gunnison, Telluride and others. CDOT also encourages fans to share their race stories, photos, and experiences at www.facebook.com/coloradodot.

Summary of Impacts:

• Aug. 20/Stage 1 from Durango to Telluride: Highways impacted include State Highway 160, State Highway 184, and State Highway 145. Impacts will begin at 10 a.m. and end by approximately 4 p.m.

• Aug. 21/Stage 2 from Montrose to Mount Crested Butte: Highways impacted include U.S. Highway 50, State Highway 135 and Cottonwood Pass. Cottonwood Pass will be closed from Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. until Aug. 22 at approximately 1 p.m. Other impacts will begin at 11 a.m. and end by approximately 4 p.m.

• Aug. 22/Stage 3 from Gunnison to Aspen: Highways impacted include State Highway 135, U.S. Highway 24, Cottonwood Pass and State Highway 82-Independence Pass. Cottonwood Pass will be closed from Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. until Aug. 22 at approximately 1 p.m. Other impacts will begin at 10 a.m. and end by approximately 6 p.m.

• Aug. 23/Stage 4 from Aspen to Beaver Creek: Highways impacted include State Highway 82, U.S. Highway 24, and U.S. Highway 6. Impacts begin at 9 a.m. and end by approximately 4 p.m.

• Aug. 24/Stage 5 from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs: Highways impacted include State Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 24. Impacts will begin at 10 a.m. and end by approximately 4 p.m.

• Aug. 25/Stage 6 from Golden to Boulder: Highways impacted include State Highway 93, State Highway 119, State Highway 72, State Highway 7, and U.S. Highway 36. Impacts will begin at 11 a.m. and end by approximately 4 p.m.

• Aug. 26/Final Stage/Denver Time Trial: No highways are expected to be impacted.

Visit www.cotrip.org for road conditions in your area during the race. Spectator information is available at the USA Pro Challenge official website (www.prochallenge.com).


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