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December 1, 2015

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

Lefthand Canyon flood reconstruction begins week of Dec. 14; Work requires major travel restrictions

Public meeting Dec. 7 to learn more
about construction plans and travel restrictions

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County, Colo. – Central Federal
Lands (CFL - a division of the Federal Highway Administration) has retained
Kelley Trucking Inc. to complete the permanent flood recovery-related
reconstruction of Lefthand Canyon Drive and Left Hand Creek. Work is
anticipated to begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 14. In order to greatly reduce
the overall duration of the project, Boulder County has permitted significant
travel restrictions for both cyclists and motor vehicles during construction:

Between Olde Stage Road and James Canyon
Drive – Dec. 14, 2015 through May 20, 2016

Full roadway

  • 8
    a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Monday through Friday
  • Road
    will reopen at noon for 30 minutes, but delays can be expected as their may
    only be one travel lane available

30-Minute Delays

  • Saturdays

No closures or
delays on Sundays

Between US 36 and Lickskillet Drive –
May 21, 2016 through the end of the project (Nov. 2016)

1-hour delays

  • 8
    a.m. to 4 p.m. – Monday through Friday

Limited number
of 2- and 3-hour delays

  • These
    delays will be approved and noticed at least seven-days in advance

No closures or

  • Saturdays
    and Sundays
  • Holidays
    – Memorial Day/Independence Day/Labor Day

Project website and email listserv

You can find complete
roadway travel restriction information by visiting While visiting the
site, sign up for the project email list to receive weekly and timely
construction updates and up-to-the-minute information on roadway closures and
travel delays.

Temporary paving on Lefthand Canyon Drive

Temporary paving on Lefthand Canyon Drive

Public meeting regarding construction –
Monday, Dec. 7

County, CFL and Kelley Trucking will host a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Altona
Grange – 9386 N. 39th St, Boulder
- to share project
information, discuss travel restrictions, and answer questions.

and Boulder County are collaborating on the design and reconstruction of
permanent repairs to Lefthand Canyon Drive and creek improvements in areas
adjacent to the areas where road reconstruction will be occurring.

partnering with Central Federal Lands, we were presented with an opportunity to
improve the design and accelerate the construction schedule in Lefthand
Canyon,” said Boulder County Transportation Director George Gerstle. “CFL is
equipped and well-skilled to handle projects of this magnitude and together we can
build a road that is more resilient against future extreme weather events and make
it safer for everyone who uses the road. The project includes not only reconstruction
of the damaged road sections, but also better shoulders to improve safety for
everyone who uses the canyon, four new bridges where the road crosses the creek
and restoration of the Lefthand Creek in areas adjacent to the road, all of
which will be a vast improvement for the ecological health of the whole

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