Hazy Skies Due To Nearby Wildfires
Road Weary in Leadville Today
Yesterday, June 21, which marked the official first day of summer, saw two road closures for Highway 24 South of Leadville. The first occurred at 5:30 a.m. at 24South and Hwy 300 (the turn off to the Fish Hatchery). As the Xcel Energy guy at the scene put it – “a guy who didn’t quite make the curve careened into a tough shed shack which housed some utility lines/equipment.” That crash caused a gas leak and forced the highway closure for early morning commuters, re-routing traffic on to County Road 6, also known as the Long & Derry Road to locals. Crews got things under control and the road re-opened after a couple of hours.
Later in the afternoon about 4 p.m. there was a wildfire reported near Crystal Lake which stopped traffic in both directions on Highway 24 again for about an hour. While fire officials are still investigating the situation – which fortunately only burned about 3/4 acre – initial reports from the scene indicated the source may have been from a lighter fluid can.
Of course, foremost on locals’ minds has been the “restriping” of historic Harrison Avenue.
The following is the official word from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Mark Bunnell with the Region 3 Traffic Operations. Of course, Lake County residents, old and new, full-timers and part-timers and visitors alike had a lot to say on the Leadville Today Facebook Page. Join the conversation.
In the meantime there will be CDOT workers, as well as local street crews, back out on the avenue again today and tomorrow, so please be courteous and take extra caution.
Roadsafe Traffic Systems restriped Harrison Avenue (US-24) in Leadville yesterday for three lanes (previous was four lanes) and a bike lane. Attached are several photos showing the completed striping. Roadsafe will be replacing the existing crosswalks and stop bars and installing new left-turn arrows and bike symbols on Thursday and Friday. I plan to get more photos next week after the stencil work is completed. In addition, this morning the CDOT signal electricians installed two exclusive left-turn lane signs on the signal mast arms at the 6th Street traffic signal. Thanks to the Leadville City Streets crew for putting out “No Parking” signs, and for the Leadville Police Department Officers who helped enforce it. We would not have been able to stripe the bike lane with cars parked along Harrison Avenue. Thank You. – Mark Bunnell.
There is also road work being done out at the Turquoise Lake. Travelers could find a section of County Road 4 closed to through traffic between the Hagerman Pass turnoff and the May Queen Campground. Lake County Road and Bridge crews are repairing some bad spots along the rough lake road which is seeing increased traffic with every passing day.
Full access to campgrounds should not be impeded. However drivers should use County Road 9 (the lake’s northern road way) to access May Queen and Timberline Lake as well as other popular hiking trailheads in the area.
It’s that time of year folks, so please be extra careful on the roads and anytime using an open flame for work or fun! Thanks to the local emergency crews for keeping everyone safe! – Leadville Today Staff Report.