Central Park Drive reconstruction to start soon | SteamboatToday.com

Central Park Drive reconstruction to start soon

A document from Baseline Engineering shows the proposed realignment and reconstruction of Central Park Drive.

— The road that runs through Steamboat Springs’ busiest shopping center is getting a big makeover later this summer.

When a major construction project is finished, Central Park Drive will have new bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and a roundabout where the road runs between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads.

The road will also be realigned, and traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction on the new roadway.

The city is currently accepting requests for proposals from contractors for the project through July 2.

Work is expected to begin in mid-July or early August, but the start date of the project will ultimately depend on when the contractor that is selected can begin.

City engineer Ben Beall said prior to construction, residents will be invited to a public meeting to learn more about the traffic impacts and project specifics.

“There will definitely be traffic impacts,” Beall said. “Some accesses (to the shopping center) will be closed here and there, but no business will ever be closed off entirely.”

Last year, the Steamboat Springs City Council voted to approve $922,000 for the project.

While Central Park Drive is being reconstructed this summer, there are also plans to have private property owners pay for the reconstruction of Snapdragon Way using a local improvement district.

Drivers who have recently traveled on Snapdragon Way, which connects Central Park Drive to Pine Grove Road after passing by the KFC/Taco Bell, likely remember it as a very bumpy road with several potholes.

In other Steamboat road-related news, new stop signs are expected to go in next week at two local intersections.

The all-way stops will be introduced at the intersection of the eastbound U.S. Highway 40 off-ramp and Mount Werner Road, and at Whistler and Walton Creek roads.

On Yampa Street, more reverse angle parking spaces will be added near the Seventh Street parking lot.

And finally, drivers traveling toward downtown on Fish Creek Falls Road will see new turning lanes created at the intersection with Third Street, which should alleviate some traffic congestion.

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

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