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May 11, 2017

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

Cone Zones: James Canyon & James Creek flood recovery work begins week of May 15

Road will be reduced to one lane in multiple locations during project

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County Transportation and its project partner and contractor Kelley Trucking,
Inc. (KTI) anticipate beginning the James Canyon permanent flood recovery
project at 7 a.m. on Monday, May 15. The project is expected to last until
December 2018. Flood recovery-related permanent reconstruction will take place
on 4.8 miles of James Canyon Drive between the intersection of Lefthand Canyon
Drive and just west of Balarat Road/CR 87. In addition, 6,300 feet of stream
restoration work will take place in various stretches of James and Little James

Travel During Construction – Multiple Single-Lane Closures

accommodate construction, KTI will be allowed to reduce James Canyon Drive to a
single lane in multiple locations in the canyon. Some of these lane reductions
will be in place 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Vehicular and bicycle
travel will be controlled by either traffic control personnel (flaggers) or traffic
signals. The length of delay will vary at each location, but are not to exceed

Cycling Allowed During Construction

Cyclists will be permitted to ride on James Canyon Drive during construction,
but they will be asked to follow the same travel restrictions as motor
vehicles. Due to large volumes of heavy construction-related vehicular traffic,
Boulder County Transportation is asking that cyclists ride James Canyon outside
of normal working hours (see information below).

cyclists traveling uphill towards Jamestown are stopped at traffic signals or
by traffic control personnel, they will be asked to move to the side of the
road in order to allow faster moving motor vehicles to proceed through the work
zone before entering the zone themselves.

Project Work Hours:

  • Work
    will take place on weekdays (Monday through Friday)
  • No
    weekend work unless absolutely necessary
  • Working
    hours - March 1 to Oct. 31 – 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. (due to longer daylight
  • Working
    hours - Nov. 1 to Feb. 28 – 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • The
    project is anticipated to last until December 2018, weather permitting

Local Businesses Open – Access will be maintained at all times

Jamestown Mercantile and the post office will maintain normal business hours
during construction. Access to these establishments and residential driveways will
be maintained at all times.

Project Goals and Objectives

Boulder County Transportation flood recovery projects have the same goals and

  • Make
    the road, its infrastructure, and the creek system stronger in preparation for
    the next natural disaster – improved drainage structures, embankment stabilization,
    rockeries and retaining walls, and new subsurface and asphalt will help make
    this area more resilient towards the next flood
  • Make
    the road safer for all modes of travel – a 4-foot uphill shoulder will be
    rebuilt on James Canyon Drive to give cyclists and pedestrians room to move
    outside of the main travel lane
  • Improve
    drainage and prevent roadway overtopping
  • Restore
    area creeks and the surrounding environment
  • Stabilize
    slopes to prevent falling debris
  • Maintain
    the environmental and aesthetic aspects of this beautiful land
  • Maintain
    the cultural and historical significance of the area.

Project website and email listserv

can find complete roadway travel restriction information by visiting While visiting
the site, sign up for the project listserv to receive weekly and timely
construction updates and up-to-the-minute information on roadway closures and
travel delays. Travel restriction information for this project and all other
county-related work is available at:

more information, contact Andrew Barth
via email or call
303-441-1032. All current Boulder County Transportation project information is
available at