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Downtown paving projects to end Friday

Morning traffic snarls, detours frustrate drivers

Kristi Mohrbacher

— Friday is scheduled to be the last day for various road-paving projects in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Crews are working to pave Downhill Drive today while Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets are being milled, Doug Marsh, street/fleet superintendent for the city of Steamboat Springs, said in his office this morning. He added that 10th Street is tentatively scheduled to be milled today.

Fifth Street is now open during construction and drivers can access Howelsen Hill. Thursday morning, construction-related road closures caused lengthy detours for some drivers trying to access Howelsen.

Yampa remains closed between Fifth and Sixth streets, so drivers should plan to access Fifth Street from Lincoln Avenue.

“It was confusing this morning, and I do apologize for that,” Marsh said of the traffic delays.

Fourth and Sixth streets will be paved Friday and the projects should be done by the end of the day. Marsh said that Fifth and 10th streets will be paved in a couple of weeks, though he wasn’t sure of an exact date.

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Marsh said the majority of the projects should be finished this week.

“We don’t want to get in the way of the rodeo,” Marsh said.