Left Hand Canyon to Reopen Before End of Year

Pay loaders move rocks and dirt in Left Hand Creek  ( Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer )
Pay loaders move rocks and dirt in Left Hand Creek ( Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer )

From the Daily Times Call
The year-long, $19.3 million project to permanently repair stretches of Lefthand Canyon Drive and segments of Left Hand Creek damaged in the September 2013 flood is nearly complete, according to Boulder County Transportation Department officials.

Boulder County commissioners, county staff and representatives of the project’s design and construction team are scheduled to mark the approaching end of the road-repair and creek-restoration work with a Friday afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony.

While most of the work is done and Lefthand Canyon Drive already has been reopened to traffic, a portion of the road is to be closed again temporarily for much of Dec. 19 and 20 for installation of a culvert at Glendale Gulch.

At times during the past year, motorists and cyclists have encountered road closings, delays and major travel restrictions while the work was underway on the Lefthand Canyon project, which included reconstruction and repaving of about 10 miles of roadway, as well as four new bridges and new culverts that can convey 100-year flood events, according to county Transportation Department spokesman Andrew Barth.

Hillside drainage improvements were made to protect the roadway during future major rains.

Several miles of Left Hand Creek were restored to improve the wildlife habitat and ecosystem as well as to protect the road alongside the creek. Creekside slopes were stabilized, and native Lefthand Canyon rock was used to construct several new retaining walls, Barth said.

Read the full story at the Daily Times Call.

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