USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Downtown street closures this weekend

Several streets around the Central Library will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for the exciting conclusion to the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The final stage will take place on Sunday, August 28, 2011 with a free party in Downtown Denver's Civic Center Park. The seven-day, 500-mile race across Colorado will end with live national television coverage on NBC and an estimated Denver crowd of 50,000.

Riders are expected to cross the finish line at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Broadway directly in front of the Colorado State Capitol after completing six loops on a circuit that encompasses portions of Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue, continuing through Downtown Denver next to Civic Center Park and then across the finish line on Broadway. Free festivities for spectators, including concerts and bike demos, will begin at 10:00 a.m. on race day in the park. After the awards ceremony, the Flobots will perform a free concert for all spectators in Civic Center Park. The festival is expected to close at 4:00 p.m.

For planning purposes, Denver Public Works announces the following impacts on Denver streets. Please note-ALL TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE:

  • Closed Saturday, August 27, at 8 a.m. - Sunday, August 28, at 10:00 p.m.
    • 14th Avenue from Cherokee Street to Lincoln Street
    • Bannock Street from Colfax Avenue to 13th Avenue 
    • Broadway from 19th to 13th Avenue (local traffic only from 19th to 16th)
  • Closed Sunday, August 28 (race day), from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
    • Speer Boulevard closed in both directions from Market Street to 8th Avenue (Market and 8th both remain open)
    • Colfax Avenue closed from Logan Street to Kalamath Street (Logan and Kalamath both remain open)
    • Grant Street from 12th Avenue to Colfax Avenue (12th remains open)
    • 13th Avenue from Logan Street to Bannock Street (Logan and Bannock both remain open)
    • 14th from Court to Colfax
  • Closed Sunday, August 28 (race day), from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Off-ramps closed at I-25 and Speer Boulevard (Traffic from I-25 will be able to access Downtown during the race by using Auraria Parkway, 20th Street or Park Avenue West exits)
  • Closed Sunday, August 28 (race day), ONLY AFFECTED during the 30 minute race period (these streets will be closed to traffic approximately 20 minutes before the cyclists arrive and will re-open only minutes after the final cyclist passes through -- approximately 30 minutes in total):
    • North-South access to Auraria Parkway from Market Street and Larimer Street 
    • Sheridan Boulevard from 32nd Avenue to 29th Avenue
    • 29th Avenue to Speer Boulevard
    • Speer Boulevard to Lawrence Street

On race day, visitors are encouraged to access Civic Center Park by riding light rail or buses to downtown, and some buses will be running special detour routes to help accommodate the event. Please check with RTD on schedules prior to planning your trip. Go to the RTD-Denver website or call the RTD Telephone Information Center at 303-299-6000.

There will also be limited valet bike parking available at the Webb Building located at 201 West Colfax Boulevard, just across from Civic Center Park. Vehicle parking options include over 44,000 off-street parking spaces in garages and surface lots, as well as free metered parking on the street.

See a Complete map of all off-street parking in Downtown Denver from Experience Downtown Denver.

Visit USA Pro Cycling for additional details about the race.

Visit COTrip for current street closures and alternate routes.

Written by Janet on August 26, 2011

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