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3rd Street could open Tuesday in downtown Steamboat

Downtown paving crews plan to open 13th Street on June 18

Mike Lawrence

The paving machine inches down the eastbound lane of Lincoln Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Scott Contracting officials said 13th Street could reopen June 18.

— Downtown paving crews could open Third Street on Tues­day morning and 13th Street on June 18, a project spokeswoman said Thursday.

Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Con­tracting, said the planned opening of Third Street next week will enable all turns in all directions and make parking available on both sides of Lincoln Avenue from Third to Seventh streets, with two lanes of traffic in each direction.

"It'll be just like a normal street," Patten said. "At least, that's the plan."

Scott Contracting is conducting the $5.6 million repaving and improvement project on U.S. Highway 40 through downtown Steamboat Springs for the Colorado Department of Trans­portation. Work will stop for the summer June 30 and resume Sept. 7.

Drivers dealing with consistent traffic delays on Steamboat's west side could see relief in a week. Patten said the 13th Street intersection, the closure of which has contributed to heavy eastbound traffic on U.S. 40 west of downtown, could open June 18.

"We're shooting for a week from (today) for 13th, to get that open," she said.

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Crews began paving from 13th to 11th streets Thursday afternoon. City engineer Ben Beall said earlier this week that after that paving is complete, the concrete will need a week of curing time and crews also will have to finish other intersection work, such as crosswalks, before the intersection reopens.

Paving from 11th to Ninth streets is scheduled for Tuesday.

Beall said Denver-based Colo­rado Hardscapes would be in Steamboat on Monday to work on bulb-outs for intersections on the north side of Lincoln Avenue. Beall said the bulb-outs, intended to increase pedestrian safety and access, would extend into the parking lanes on Lincoln at signaled intersections and into side streets at nonsignaled intersections.

Beall said the bulb-outs' design, called "Colorado sandstone," would feature a stamped-concrete pattern that, while maintaining a flat surface, includes grooves and wrinkles to look like stone.

"It'll have some texture to it," he said.

The design is part of Britina Design Group's $439,000 Down­town Streetscape Improvement Plan. The city hired the Arvada-based consulting firm to create plans and designs for downtown revitalization.

Paving information

For daily updates on the U.S. Highway 40 construction project, call 970-819-7008. To sign up for e-mail updates on the project, visit http://www.coloradodot.info and click on the “Sign up for E-mail and Wireless Alerts” link in the upper right corner. Enter an e-mail address, select the appropriate updates and click “Submit.” For more information, visit the project website at http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/us40steamboat.