City of Boulder: Expect traffic impacts before and after the GOP debate

GOP debate will be held at the Coors Event Center

BOULDER, Colo. - A day before the third GOP showdown inside the Coors Events Center in the CU Boulder campus, city officials are already warning drivers of several traffic impacts and delays. 

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The combination of national media, groups not affiliated with the debate voicing their concerns outside the venue, candidates and related security details, in addition to normal rush hour traffic may cause significant delays on Broadway, US 36 and around later in the day, a Boulder City spokesperson said. 

The spokesperson recommended drivers use alternate routes to get from place to place or have a set time to do what you need to do to avoid the traffic headache. 

"Rolling road closures and traffic delays are expected on Broadway between Arapahoe Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue between 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as attendees and advocacy groups arrive and between 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. when the debate adjourns. Regent Drive has been closed for the debate," said the spokesperson in a statement. 

Debate ticket holders are expected to be onsite between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

CU also is providing a Free Speech Zone on campus at the Business Field, just north of the Coors Event Center; this area will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Other closure details:

  • Regent Drive is closed to through traffic from noon Tuesday, Oct. 27, through noon Thursday, Oct. 29. Pay station parking along Regent Drive is not available.

Campus access via bus:

  • The 209/209G and Buff Bus routes will be detoured during the Regent closure to through traffic from noon Tuesday, Oct. 27, through noon Thursday, Oct. 29.
  • RTD has issued a rider alert for possible traffic-related delays on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Routes affected: RTD 209/209G, DASH, Stampede, J and SKIP. The Buff Bus would also be affected by these possible delays.

Non-motorized campus access:

  • Areas around the Coors Events Center (including the east sidewalk along Regent Drive) will be closed to non-motorized traffic all day Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 28.
  • Pedestrian access to Coors Plaza will be closed at Kittredge and Regent all day Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 28.


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