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May 18, 2017

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

Wagonwheel Gap Road and Fourmile Canyon Creek flood recovery work starts May 22

Expect travel delays throughout the

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County Transportation and its project partner and contractor SEMA Construction,
Inc. (SEMA) will start the permanent flood recovery roadway reconstruction work
on Wagonwheel Gap Drive and the stream restoration project in Fourmile Canyon
Creek at 8 a.m., Monday, May 22. Stream restoration activities are anticipated
to last until late 2017 and roadway work is expected to take until November

Travel During Construction – Multiple Single-Lane Closures on Wagonwheel Gap Road and Full Closure of Bow Mountain
To accommodate construction, SEMA will be allowed to reduce Wagonwheel Gap Drive
to a single lane in multiple locations in the canyon. Some of these lane
reductions will be in place 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Vehicular and
bicycle travel will be controlled by either traffic control personnel
(flaggers) or traffic signals. The length of delay will vary at each location,
but are not to exceed 15-minutes.

BowMountain Drive will be closed at the intersection with Wagonwheel Gap Road from
early June until early August 2017 in order to complete construction of a new

Cycling Allowed During Construction
Cyclistswill be permitted to ride on Wagonwheel Gap Drive during construction, but they
will be asked to follow the same travel restrictions as motor vehicles. Due to
large volumes of heavy construction-related vehicular traffic, Boulder County
Transportation is asking that cyclists ride Wagonwheel Gap Drive outside of normal
working hours (see information below).

Project Work Hours

  • Work will take
    place on weekdays (Monday through Friday)
  • No weekend work unless
    absolutely necessary
  • Working hours: 8
    a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • No work on major
    holidays (Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New
    Year’s Day).

Project Goals and Objectives
All Boulder County Transportation flood recovery projects have the same goals and

  • Make the road,
    its infrastructure, and the creek system stronger in preparation for the next
    natural disaster – improved drainage structures, embankment stabilization,
    rockeries and retaining walls, and new subsurface and asphalt will help make
    this area more resilient towards the next flood
  • Make the road
    safer for all modes of travel
  • Improve drainage
    and prevent roadway overtopping
  • Restore area
    creeks and the surrounding environment
  • Stabilize slopes
    to prevent falling debris
  • Maintain the
    environmental and aesthetic aspects of this beautiful land
  • Maintain the
    cultural and historical significance of the area.

Project website and email listserv
You can find complete roadway travel restriction information by visiting A project email listserv will
also be used weekly and as new information becomes available. Register for the
list by contacting Andrew Barth at the information provided below.

Travel restriction information for this project and all other county-related work is
available at

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