August 19, 2016
Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032
Lefthand Canyon construction update – Paving to resume Monday
Construction in Lefthand Canyon continues to move along well and the project remains on schedule.
Paving operations will resume next Monday, Aug. 22. Work will start below the bridge site just east of Olde Stage Road and proceed to the west. The contractor will do everything they can to keep people moving, but you can expect up-to one-hour delays. The contractor will ensure that travelers can pass through the construction zone every hour on the hour between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. No work will take place on the weekend. Paving operations are planned for the next three weeks. I will let you know if any changes are made to that schedule. The long closures are necessary to safely conduct paving operations. The paving subcontractor will be running at least 18 asphalt trucks in addition to several pieces of paving equipment simultaneously during this portion of the project.
You will see paving operations in locations where asphalt has already been applied to the road. The first round of asphalt applied to the road is called the "bottom mat," which is typically a 2- to 3-inch base. This second round will be for the final "top mat," which adds a few more inches of asphalt to the surface and essentially finishes the paving.
Milling operations (grinding up asphalt off the old road's surface) have started west of Lee Hill Drive. This work will continue for the next week, at least. Flaggers will be used to move people safely around active milling sites.
There will likely be a few other work sites throughout the canyon. Kelley Trucking will keep waits at those sites as short as possible, hopefully no longer than 5-minutes.
The photos below are of the new bridge located just east of Olde Stage Road. Girders were installed late last week. Work at this location should be buttoned up in the next few weeks.
The next few weeks will likely see some longer waits throughout the canyon, but we'll do our best to keep you moving. Next week, I recommend taking Lee Hill Drive, if possible, to avoid a lot of the construction. The good news is that the delays are due to paving, which means the project is getting closer and closer to completion.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding.
Have a good day and a great weekend.
Boulder County Transportation