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Downtown Steamboat paving work done for summer

Paving scheduled to resume Sept. 7 after summer tourism season ends

Jack Weinstein

Traffic moves in all four lanes of Lincoln Avenue on Sunday. Scott Contracting has suspended work on the downtown construction project to repave Lincoln from Third to 13 streets until Sept. 7, to accomodate the height of the summer tourist season.

— You can exhale.

All four lanes of traffic are open on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Last week, crews completed paving work to Ninth Street from 13th on the south side of Lincoln Avenue. They've all but packed up until they resume in September, after the summer tourism season.

Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Con­tracting, said with the exception of some clean-up, work on the north side of Lincoln Avenue has been completed. That work includes major excavation, paving and bulb-outs at intersections.

The $5.6 million Colorado Department of Transportation project to replace asphalt with concrete on U.S. Highway 40 from Third to 13th streets, along with other curb and road improvements, began in the fall and resumed in April.

Patten said work will resume Sept. 7, after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Scott Contracting has until Nov. 18 to complete the project or the company would face daily fines.

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"We're very, very confident that we're going to finish on time Nov. 18," she said. "If we have great weather like this, we'll finish before that. I was really optimistic about finishing in the spring, and we were three weeks short."

Scott Contracting will excavate, pave and install bulb-outs and colored crosswalks on the south side of Lincoln Avenue from Ninth to Third streets in fall. In addition, Patten said, the remaining work includes replacing the temporary road striping with recessed striping less than an inch below the surface of the road, and connecting wiring for the new traffic signal at 11th Street.

Patten said an ad would appear in the Sept. 3 Steamboat Today to inform residents about the fall construction schedule. She said more detail about the schedule and remaining work would be presented during a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Centennial Hall on 10th Street.

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