Road closures expected opening day of archery season |

Road closures expected opening day of archery season

Daily News staff report

Bow hunters planning to hunt in parts of Eagle, Routt and Grand Counties during the opening day of archery season, Saturday, Aug. 27, should plan for road closures and delays both the day before and the first day of the season due to the USA Pro Bicycling Challenge scheduled the same day.

Race officials expect at least 30,000 spectators, many of them on bicycles, to line Hwy 40 opening day – at least 10,000 of these spectators are expected to line the road along Rabbit Ears Pass.

According to race officials, on Friday, Aug. 26, Stage 4 of the race will start in Avon and travel west along Hwy 6 before turning north onto Highway 131 at approximately 12:30 p.m. If hunters are planning to drive this route on Friday, they can avoid delays if they start their trip before the race starts at noon.

Motorists who enter Highway 131 after 12:30 p.m. will eventually meet up with the front or back of the race and will not be allowed to pass until racers turn onto County Road 14F near Steamboat Springs at approximately 4 p.m. The wait for southbound travelers will be less – approximately 15 minutes – to allow racers to pass.

Stage 5 of the race will start in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, Aug. 27, and Highway 40 from Steamboat Springs over Rabbit Ears Pass will be closed in both directions at each side of the pass from 10:30 a.m. until the racers arrive in Kremmling at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Travelers heading south on Hwy 9 from Kremmling after the racers have turned south must follow the race as it progresses toward the finish line in Breckenridge. Northbound Highway 9 travelers must move off the road until racers pass, with delays not expected to exceed 15 minutes.

All times are approximate and can vary by as much as 30 minutes, and are subject to last minute changes.

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