1st phase of Central Park Drive project nears completion | SteamboatToday.com

1st phase of Central Park Drive project nears completion

Jake Ferrier uses an excavator during the reconstruction of Central Park Drive. Connell Resources recently started the project, which is adding new crosswalks, sidewalks, bike lanes and a roundabout to the road that runs in front of one of the city's busiest shopping centers. Detours are in place around the construction site.
Scott Franz

The first phase of the major road work project on Central Park Drive is nearing an end.

On Monday, Connell Resources plans to open up the newly reconstructed portion of Central Park Drive where it runs from Pine Grove Road to a brand new roundabout in the middle of the shopping complex.

The work will shift south, and drivers will not be able to access Central Park Plaza from Mount Werner Road during phase two of the project.

Snapdragon Way will remain open but it will end at the new construction zone on Central Park Drive.

All businesses will be accessible via the complex entrance at Pine Grove Road.

Construction crews had hoped the first phase of the project, including the roundabout, would be done by Memorial Day.

However, the crews got a two-week-late start because the city ran into complications as it tried to secure the critical easements that were needed for the project.

In a press release announcing the start of phase two, Connell Resources operations manager Eric Marsh thanked the community for its patience so far.

During the second phase of the project, crews will replace asphalt and concrete, install underground storm sewer pipe and inlet, and perform landscaping and irrigation work.

The project is being constructed at a cost of $1.6 million.

When it is all finished, Central Park Drive will have new bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and sidewalks.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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