Expect delays, closures in Eagle County on Thursday
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation released the following advisories about road closures and delays during Thursday’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage between Aspen and Beaver Creek.
• Southbound U.S. 24 between Leadville and State Highway 82, 1-2 p.m.: Expect 30 to 45 minute delays at various locations along the race route.
• Northbound U.S. 24 between Leadville and Interstate 70/Minturn, 1:45-3:30 p.m.: Vehicles headed northbound prior to the race reaching the intersection of U.S. 24 and State Highway 91 intersection (Leadville) will not be delayed, even as the race continues northbound toward Minturn. Those who head northbound when the race is underway must follow the entire race caravan at speeds of 20-25 MPH and will not be permitted to pass it. Delays will vary depending on the pace of the riders but will last until the highway is reopened.
• Southbound U.S. 24 between Interstate 70/Minturn and Leadville, 1:45-3:30 p.m.: Expect 30 to 60 minute delays at various locations along the race route. Summits such as Battle Mountain and Tennessee Pass may be delayed for up to 30 minutes.
• Eastbound U.S. 6 Frontage Road parallel to Interstate 70 between Avon and Minturn, 2:30-4 p.m.: Use Exit 167 or 168 (Avon) to avoid race delays. Eastbound Interstate 70 Exit 171 off-ramp will be closed.
• Westbound U.S. 6 Frontage Road parallel to Interstate 70 between Minturn and Avon, 2:30-4 p.m.: Use Exit 167 or 168 (Avon) to avoid race delays. Westbound Interstate 70 Exit 171 and 169 off-ramps will be closed.
Bus routes to change during race
EAGLE COUNTY – ECO Transit passengers should expect route deviations and delays between approximately 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday during Stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The Eagle County portion starts at the top of Tennessee Pass with racers traveling on U.S. Highways 6 and 24 through Minturn and Eagle-Vail on their way to the finish at Beaver Creek. All traffic will be stopped or diverted while cyclists are on the course. ECO Transit will continue to run all scheduled routes; however, delays of 20 to 45 minutes should be expected and passengers should plan accordingly.
Every stop on Highway 6 from the Forest Service Park and Ride to Avon Station and the Elk Lot will be affected and delays are expected for both eastbound and westbound buses. Passengers whose stops are closed due to the race will only be permitted to exit once the bus reaches the next open stop. It may be necessary for passengers to catch a bus in the opposite direction to reach their final destination.
For more information on transit schedules, contact the ECO Transit Dispatch Center at 970-328-3520, extension 1. For details on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, including spectator information, visit http://www.beavercreek.com.-