Central Park Drive to reopen Friday | SteamboatToday.com

Central Park Drive to reopen Friday

Construction on Central Park Drive as seen from the basket of a hot air balloon last week.
Scott Franz

— One of the city’s largest, most impactful construction projects is wrapping up Friday.

Crews with Connell Resources expect all of Central Park Drive to reopen to traffic late Friday afternoon after striping on the newly repaved road is completed.

It will be the first time since late April that drivers will be able to access one of the city’s busiest shopping centers from both Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

In a news release announcing the imminent completion of the project, the city’s public works department thanked Connell Resources for the overtime hours it put into the project in order to complete the work in a timely manner.

“The city would also like to especially thank the many businesses and tenants that have access off of Central Park Drive and the traveling public for their patience throughout the construction efforts,” City Engineer Ben Beall wrote in a news release.

The project was completed within the city’s budget.

On Monday, the road work will shift to Snapdragon Way, one of the most pothole-riddled streets in city limits.

Crews will be working to reconstruct that road through mid August.

Access to Taco Bell/KFC and Resort Group will be maintained during the construction.

Drivers may also still see some delays on Central Park Drive when crews put the finishing touches on the project, including landscaping on the medians.

The $1.69 million project has added new bike lanes, dedicated pedestrian crossings and a roundabout where Central Park Drive runs between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads.

To celebrate the completion of the project, city staff and Connell Resources will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in front of the mountain-bound transit stop near Anytime Fitness.

The public is invited to attend.

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