Road closures for Taste of Colorado start Wednesday

There sure are a lot of them.

2017 update: The nice thing about a 34-year-old annual festival is that its road closures are pretty consistent from year to year. Not only are the road closures the same, but this year’s Taste of Colorado even follows the same timeline for closing and reopening those roads.

This year, check RTD for route guidance starting Friday if you’re on riding the following buses: 0, 0L, 3L, 6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 15L, 16, 16L, 52, 83D/83L, 87L, 90L, 100L, 116X, 122X, EV/ES/EX, FF2, FMR, MALL, or P. Read on for more refreshers on where not to drive and ride. 

With the annual Taste of Colorado festival come road closures, and there are a lot of them.

First, beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m., Bannock Street will close from 14th Street to Colfax Avenue. By Friday at 6 a.m., most streets along the perimeter of Civic Center Park will be closed.

Then by Saturday at noon, a lot more streets will close, except for some local access. If you need to get to work or your house, you’ll be okay, but you can’t drive through. Those streets will remain closed through Tuesday at 6 a.m.

It’ll look something like this:

That's a lot of red. (Courtesy of Taste of Colorado)
That’s a lot of red. (Courtesy of Taste of Colorado)

My advice would be to just treat the whole area like it’s a giant car repellant from Thursday morning until Tuesday, since that’s when Broadway lane closures begin, but you do your thing.

Light rail service won’t be affected by the festival. Bus riders, there is a temporary detour on Friday for you if you ride the 87L, 100L, 116X, CV/CS/CX or EV/ES/EX lines. Your drop-off location will be the same on Lincoln Street, but pick-ups move to Broadway between 17th Street and 16th Street.

Long story short, sounds like a good weekend to walk if that’s an option for you.