City’s proposed capital plan includes new traffic signals, police and fire facilities and seat belts on regional buses |

City’s proposed capital plan includes new traffic signals, police and fire facilities and seat belts on regional buses

Crews with Native Excavating perform stabilization work on the saddle of Howelsen Hill in 2015. The city's capital plan calls for more spending on infrastructure on Howelsen.
Scott Franz

— The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will weigh in on the latest version of the city’s six-year capital improvement plan, which includes $20 million worth of proposed capital spending next year.

A new police station and a new fire station remain on the list for possible construction in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

The plan also continues to prepare for a new access to Emerald Park and funding for millions of dollars worth of pedestrian improvements in the downtown area through 2018.

Some of the new items on the list include a $120,000 proposal to add safety belts to regional buses following a recent crash, $130,000 worth of lift improvements at the Howelsen Hill Ski Area, improvements to the ball fields at Howelsen Park and reconstruction of the intersection of Downhill Drive and U.S. Highway 40 in the coming years to accommodate a new traffic signal.

View all of the proposed projects at the end of this story.

“We have a strong, six-year CIP plan, but there are obvious things that are missing from it right now,” Finance Director Kim Weber said.

Weber said some items, such as stabilization work on Howelsen Hill and additional lift repairs, “simply don’t fit financially without harming (the funding for) other infrastructure improvement programs.”

The city has enlisted the help of a geotechnical engineering firm to learn more about the stability of the landslide-prone hill.

The soil study will also help guide future funding decisions for repairs and improvements, city officials said.

The discussion about the six-year capital improvement plan begins at 10 a.m. in Citizens Hall.

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, City Council will reconvene for a joint meeting with Routt County commissioners.

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

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