Crews report good progress on Elk River Road intersection in west Steamboat |

Crews report good progress on Elk River Road intersection in west Steamboat

Construction crews work on the Elk River Road intersection Thursday afternoon.

The drive through west Steamboat Springs could get a lot smoother just in time for the busy Labor Day weekend.

Colorado Department of Transportation resident engineer Clint Moyer said Thursday crews are making good progress on the Elk River Road and U.S. Highway 40 intersection.

"Right now, the plan is to have that entire intersection paved and opened up with new signals by Labor Day," he said. "That's our plan barring any catastrophe … It's moving along right now."

Currently, traffic cannot turn into Curve Plaza from the intersection.

Traffic can still use Shield Drive to access businesses in the area.

Moyer also wanted to assure the public that when the intersection is finished, the right northbound turn onto Elk River Road from U.S. 40 will be much improved when the project is done.

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"Right now, it probably feels very janky and not as safe," Moyer said.

The current lane configuration was paved and opened as a temporary measure to help alleviate traffic backups caused by the inability for traffic to make a right and head north on Elk River Road.

"The project area looks weird right now, but there's a method to the madness," Moyer said.

When the intersection is paved and opened, Moyer said the impacts to traffic should lessen significantly.

Construction will go beyond Labor Day on other parts of the project, including drainage improvements and sidewalk installations.

Crews have been working on the project since the spring.

The work in west Steamboat includes the resurfacing of nearly five miles of highway from Elk River Road to Routt County Road 33A, the installation of 1,800 feet of new sidewalk between Shield Drive and Riverside Plaza and improvements to the intersection of U.S. 40 and Elk River.

When the work is done, the new traffic signal will allow more efficient turn movements onto the highway from Elk River Road.

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