The following information is from a conversation I had today with Bill Alliason of the Boulder County Roads and Transportation Department. —Steve—
The governor’s press release stating that all roads will be open by December 1st has caused a lot of confusion with many people calling the transportation department. The press release said that all roads will be open but should have said “all state roads will be open.”
Lefthand Canyon from the Greenbriar to Ward road construction is supposed to be completed in about 10 days.
James Canyon is currently out for bid and bidding closes next Friday, November 29. Actual construction may start the 2nd or 3rd week of December but an exact start date cannot be stated at this time.
The contract will be for a 20 foot wide “winter road fix” from the Ward turnoff to Jamestown that should allow two cars to pass and allow for snow plows . The contract allows for up to 60 days for the repairs, excluding weather delays.
Based on the above date estimates, the James Canyon winter road fix would complete the 2nd half of February if there are no weather delays.
Unlike Lefthand Canyon, a lot of material was washed away from James Canyon. Therefore, the road fix will involve trucking in a lot of material and building up a road base. This is what accounts for the 60 day time frame.