Aug 16, 2011 8:34 PM by Stephanie Collins

Pro Cycling challenge creates traffic detours and school and city bus changes

Delays, detours and a bunch of changes will happen next week for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in the Springs.

On Monday afternoon, Colorado Ave. from Tejon to 31st will be closed. It's going to effect how a lot of kids get home from school, and driving on the west side of town will be a challenge.

Today Devra Ashby with District 11 was busy handing out fliers for schools to pass out on the first day of school tomorrow, "Some of our bus routes have split into two, some are dropping off in different locations," she explains.

Around 5,000 students in eight schools will have to find a different way home. For kids that don't take the bus, but walk home from school, the district says they'll have extra staff on hand to help them get home safely.

Students that go to the Bijou School use city busses to get back and forth, those routes are also changing on race day, "Our kids usually pick the bus up right at 30th street. What it's going to mean is that they have to walk 6 or 8 more blocks to catch the bus on Cucharras," explains Principal, Kathryn Presnal.

For those that drive themselves to work or school, the city will be busy keeping traffic jams to a minimum. This is one of the largest events they've had to plan for, they're just asking drivers to also plan ahead. The say the only access from the east to west side of the city on race day is I-25 to Cimmaron.

The closure along Colorado Ave. will start around 11:00 a.m. Monday, and it won't reopen until after 4:30 p.m.. Some smaller closures will start this weekend, and the east side of the Garden of the Gods park will be closed all day Monday.

For more on the road closures, click here.

Fore more on changes to the Metro bus schedule click here.

All the schools have different route information; just call your school to find that out.




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