Colorado Classic to impact traffic around Colorado Springs today

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Classic is just around the corner!

The 313-mile race route starts in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10 and ends in Denver on Sunday, August 13.

The Women’s race kicks off in Colorado Springs from 10 a.m. to 11:35 a.m., with the Men’s race from 1:10 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.

Road and ramp closures begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

If you expect to be out and about Thursday, expect the following road closures for specific areas:

  • I-25
    • Bijou north and south bound off ramps will be closed on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Hwy 24 may be used to access the Westside south of W. Colorado Ave. during the race.
    • Uintah may be used to access the Westside north of W. Colorado during the race.
  • Highway 24
    • No access from Hwy 24 to W. Colorado Ave. on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • North 31st Street access will be closed on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Garden of the Gods: closed from 11 p.m. August 9 through 5 p.m. August 10
    • The park will be open to pedestrian and bicycles, however all visitors must stay off the race course at all times.
    • The park is scheduled to fully reopen at 5 p.m. on August 10 or when the race ends.
    • Rock Ledge Ranch will be closed until 5 p.m. August 10
    • The Garden of the Gods Visitor Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 10. Vehicle access will be from 8 – 9 a.m. The café, gift shop, movie and exhibits will all be open. Jeep, trolley and Segway tours will not be available.
  • Pikes Peak Ave between Pikes Peak Ave. & Nevada Ave.: closed to vehicle traffic starting at 1 p.m. August 9 through 5 p.m. August 10
    • This will be the start and finish of the race.
  • Downtown Colorado Springs and surrounding streets:  closed to vehicle traffic August 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • This area includes the area between Cascade Ave. and Mesa Road on the east, Tejon Street on the west, Cache La Poudre on the north, and Colorado Ave. on the south end.
    • No vehicle traffic will be allowed in the area.
    • Pedestrian traffic will be limited. To enter or exit the area, contact an officer along the route. Expect long delays.
    • Surrounding streets leading up to the above closure area will also be closed (see map)
    • People with access issues or concerns can call 719-385-INFO on the day of the race.
  • Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: surrounding streets closed August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • There will be an officer posted at Dale Street and Cascade Ave. to help people leave the area. Expect long delays.
  • Colorado Ave: closed to vehicle traffic from Nevada Ave. to 30th Street on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Use Hwy 24 (Cimmaron Street) or Uintah Street as alternates.  Note: Traffic on Uintah Street will not be allowed to cross the race route at 30th Street.
    • There will be officers located at the following crossing points. Expect long delays.
      • 14th and Colorado Ave.
      • 21st and Colorado Ave.
      • 26th and Colorado Ave.
  • Pikes Peak Ave. west of 30th Street: closed on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • There will be officers located at the following crossing points. Expect long delays.
      • 31st and Pikes Peak Ave.
      • 34th and Pikes Peak Ave.
  • Ridge Road, 30th St, Mesa Rd, Fontmore Rd: closed to vehicle traffic on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or when the race ends.
    • These streets are part of the race route. Streets leading up to the race route may also be closed. For example, 30th will be closed at Garden of the Gods Road. See map for more details.
  • Pleasant Valley neighborhood: access to this area will be restricted on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Residents in this area will be allowed to leave. They can re-enter the neighborhood at 31st Street and Pikes Peak Ave. Expect delays when leaving or entering the area during the race.
    • Officers will be posted at the following intersections to assist residents out of the neighborhood. Expect long delays.
      • 30th and Bijou St.
      • 30th and Castle Road / Glen Eyrie Circle.
  • Residents living between Mesa Rd and 30th Street: access to this area will be restricted on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Officers will be posted in neighborhoods to escort residents so they can exit through the Kissing Camels neighborhood.
    • Residents in this area will be allowed to leave, however, no traffic will be allowed back into the neighborhood until 5 p.m. or the race is finished.
  • Residents living on Fillmore between 30th Street & Mesa and in La Posada Del Sol on Mesa Rd: access to this area will be restricted on August 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Officers will be posted in neighborhoods to escort residents so they can exit through the Fillmore/Mesa intersection.
  • Kissing Camels neighborhood
    • Access from Mesa Road will not be allowed on August 10 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    • Entrance to the neighborhood will be available from the east side of the neighborhood near the King Soopers off Centennial Boulevard.
  • Residents living south of Colorado Ave.
    • This area will not be closed but because of the proximity to the race route, be prepared for delays getting in and out of the neighborhood.
    • To report vehicles parked in front of your driveway or blocking an intersection, call 719-385-INFO.

Note that delay and closure times are estimates and subject to change depending on the pace of the race, weather, and other unanticipated conditions.

>> Click here to see an interactive map.

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