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July 13, 2016

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

Lefthand Canyon construction update

Hello -

Below is an update on flood recovery-related permanent reconstruction work taking place in Lefthand Canyon.

Lee Hill Drive to Lickskillet Road

Work has begun on Lefthand Canyon Drive west of Lee Hill Drive. Crews are busy placing rip rap in a few sections to help stabilize the stream side of the road. In addition, pioneer roads are being created on the uphill side of the road in advance of rock and soil removal where the road will be moved into the hillside. As a result of these activities, flaggers are being used to move travelers safely around the work zone. Delays at these sites can range between 5 and 20 minutes depending on the activity taking place. The contractor has assured me that they'll do everything they can to keep people moving since there's really no other viable route through this area. The road is rough, so please use caution when moving through the area.

James Canyon Drive to Lee Hill Drive

Crews are currently putting the finishing touches on the shoofly around the next (and last) bridge they'll be building in the canyon (see photo below). This shoofly will be one lane and will be monitored by flaggers during the day and operated by a traffic light after hours, which should keep everyone moving with only a short delay since it is a small work zone.

Shoofly at Bridge #1

Olde Stage Road to James Canyon Drive

The road in this stretch is currently open and mostly delay free. The road should remain open through this weekend. Starting next week (July 18), crews will begin to install guardrail in this stretch. Flaggers will be used to move travelers around work zones and delays should be minimal as this work can be completed using only the inside lane. After guardrail is complete, paving will commence. The contractor is hopeful that paving will begin the first week of August and is working with the paving subcontractor to ensure they're ready to go as soon as the guardrail is in.

US 36 to Olde Stage Road

Crews in this stretch are hard at work building a bridge and strengthening the creek side of the road. The bridge's footers were being poured this morning (see photo below), and the team will begin forming both abutments as soon as the footers have set. A shoofly with a traffic signal is being used to move travelers around the bridge construction zone in one direction at a time. There are multiple sections of gravel in this area, so please use caution when moving through work zones.

Abutment pour at bridge #4

The contractor is currently pleased with the way work has gone to-date and wanted to thank everyone for their patience, especially with the gravel section between James Canyon and Olde Stage. The job couldn't have gone as well as it has without your help, and the project is definitely on schedule.

Thanks again for your time and understanding. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.

Have a good day.



Andrew Barth
Boulder County Transportation