Aug 15, 2011 8:09 PM by Stephanie Collins

Getting city roads ready for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

A week from today, cyclists from all over the world will be in Colorado, for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The race goes through several areas of our state, but it kicks off in the Springs. Riders will start at Garden of the Gods, go down Colorado Ave. through Old Colorado City, and then finish downtown.

Colorado Ave. will be closed for several hours on race day, but it's not just the detours the city's preparing for. They're fixing potholes, repaving, and re-striping the road along the race route, "With the attention that this race is getting, and the city is getting, we wanted to make sure the route is as good as it can get," explains City Traffic Engineer, Dave Krauth.

How much does all this work cost? Well the city says they aren't spending any extra money, the projects were on their "to do" list anyway, "Were just raising it on the priority list, that's all," adds Krauth.

Most of the work's being done along Colorado Ave. through Old Colorado City and downtown. City crews also re-striped the roadway through Garden of the Gods, the starting point of the race, "All we want to do is make sure the surface is as appropriate as we can make it," Krauth says.

The city says the work is on schedule and they hope to have everything on the route complete by the end of the week. They will be doing street sweeping along the race route until race day, which is next Monday, the 22nd.

Colorado Ave. will be closed that day from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., some bus routes will also be changed. For bus information, click here.

For more on the race, click here.


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