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August 9, 2019

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Andrew Barth, Transportation Communications, 303-441-1032

Alexandra Phillips, Bicycle Planner,
303-441-4520

Lee Hill Drive CLOSED to cycling through October

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Due to unsafe roadway conditions, Boulder County Transportation has closed Lee Hill Drive to cycling between Olde Stage Road and Deer Trail Road. See map link below. The closure is anticipated to last until the end of October, but we will reopen the road sooner if we can get it back to two lanes ahead of the anticipated schedule.

The closure has been effective since Monday, July 29, but we have received numerous reports of cyclists continuing to ride on the road. Boulder County Sheriff's have increased their patrols of the area and will be writing citations to anyone who violates the restriction.

The road is closed due to extremely unsafe conditions. One lane of asphalt has been completely removed and there is now an approximately three-feet deep trench that is only protected by orange construction barrels when work is not taking place. The remaining asphalt is in poor condition and leaves only enough room for the widest emergency response vehicle to safely travel the road. The single-lane construction zone is currently 1,200 feet long, but it may grow as more guardrail is removed and installed. There is no guardrail along the excavated area, and the drop off below is almost vertical.

Lee Hill Drive Construction Zone

We are only closing the road to maintain the safety of all roadway users. A crash between a cyclist and motor vehicle would almost certainly result in significant injury, or worse, and that is the last thing we want while we complete a safety enhancement project.

Please, for your safety and the safety of others, do not violate the cycling restriction.

Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding.

Andrew Barth
Communications
Boulder County Transportation
www.LeeHillDrive.com
abarth@bouldercounty.org
303-441-1032