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Bicyclists Appreciate CDOT Project Courtesy

Work is underway along Clear Creek County Road 314 just east of Idaho Springs as a part of the upcoming I-25 Twin Tunnels Project.  That area is very popular with bicyclists, and CDOT has made sure to make accommodations for bicyclists, since they are not allowed to go through the nearby Twin Tunnels.

CDOT Region 1 Project Engineer Mike Keleman said the effort to assist bicyclists through the work zone was anticipated during the project's design phase, and as a result, the project has a courtesy vehicle, a large van with a bike rack.  "When bicyclists enter the project limits they are stopped by a flagger, loaded onto the courtesy vehicle, and transported safely through the project limits," Kelemen explained.  "If there is a large group of bicyclists (eight or more), we use the van as a pilot car and the bicyclists follow behind the van and all work stops on the project until they have safely cleared."

Keleman added that when the project isn't working, workers always leave one lane open, swept clean of debris, and all equipment is parked out of the way or delineated with cones and drums.  Any open trenches are filled or temporarily paved in anticipation of incoming bicycle traffic.

These efforts have been noticed by bicyclists who regularly travel through the area.  Bob Taylor wrote, "Thanks for thinking of the cyclists along the bike path in Clear Creek Canyon where your construction work is taking place.  Six of us were riding toward Idaho Springs this morning and we were shuttled through the construction zone.  Sure beats a total closure!"

Randy Grepling wrote, "Thank you for letting us bike riders through the construction zone just east of Idaho Springs on the frontage road.  I have never been shuttled through a construction area like that before - ever.  The flaggers and the driver were all very nice and polite.  A very pleasant surprise.  Again, thank you."

On Saturday, July 8, Red Rocks Century bike tour riders went through the area, prompting Pay Mayhen, a member of the event committee, to write the following to Keleman, "Absolutely 'high fives' to you and your entire CDOT crew for your effort toward making the frontage road project safe for our riders.

"We know you went above and beyond what was expected to help out with our ride.  We were blown away by your enthusiasm and support, and the temporary paving you so graciously provided was the icing on the cake!"

CR 314/front road project leaders in addition to Kelemen are Brian Gilbert (Yeh & Associates/former CDOT employee), assistant project engineer; Lupe Felix (American Civil Constructors), project superintendent; and Dave Betts, traffic control supervisor.

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