April 6, 2016
Lefthand Canyon Construction – Working hours extended – Travel restrictions update
Now that spring is here and looking like it might actually stick around this time, Kelley Trucking, Inc. and Central Federal Lands have extended their working hours in the morning and will now start each day at 6:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday. The road will not fully closed to cars and bikes until 8 a.m., but you can expect up-to 30-minute delays outside of the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. closure window, Monday through Friday.
From Monday through Friday, the road will open for a pass in each direction at:
- 6:30 a.m.
- 7 a.m.
- 7:30 a.m.
- 8 a.m.
- 4 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m.
- Fully opens for the day at 5 p.m.
On Saturdays, work will start at 6:30 a.m., but there will be no full closure, only 30-minute delays. The road will open each half-hour and hour on-the-hour (i.e., 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m., etc) until work ends at 5 p.m.
No work is scheduled for Sundays, but the contractor may have a small crew in the area who will solely focus on keeping the road safely navigable should it snow or rain.
The extension to 6:30 a.m. was not supposed to start until April 11, but their was an error in communication and the contractor began this week. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. New procedures have been put in place to ensure any work hour changes are provided to me ASAP so I can inform the public at least 7-days in advance so adjustments can be made to daily schedules. Construction signs are being updated and the project website now reflects this information.
Cycling in the Canyon
When the road is open fully or open for a pass in each direction, it is open to both motor vehicles and cyclists. Cyclists should know that the asphalt has been removed between Olde Stage Road and James Canyon Drive and is now a gravel road.
Access to Jamestown and Ward
During working hours, access to James Canyon and Jamestown and Ward via Lefthand Canyon Drive will be maintained from Lee Hill Drive. There may be short delays just west of the intersection at James and Lefthand canyons, but flaggers will be present to move travelers safely around any construction that is taking place.
Photos and Video of a Rock Removal
A local photographer from the Longmont Times Call was on site this week and took some photos of the job site and an up-close video of the removal of a rock wall just east of James Canyon. Use these links to see both:
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions, comments, or concerns with the project. Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding.
Have a good week.
Boulder County Transportation