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Drivers beware: Two big construction projects starting soon in Steamboat Springs

Scott Franz
A banner shows what Yampa Street will look like when the major construction project is completed.
Scott Franz

— Drivers in Steamboat Springs will find it very hard to escape cone zones this summer as construction crews continue a major downtown improvement project and overhaul a choke-point intersection on the west end of town.

The projects have the potential to impact the daily commutes of drivers from Hayden and make parking and navigating downtown streets a bit more difficult as the summer progresses.

One of the projects kicks off Monday when crews resume the work on Yampa Street that started last construction season.

Downtown visitors can expect some parking spots to not be available on Sixth Street near Bank of the West and Ski Town Lions Park.

According to a construction itinerary provided earlier this month by city officials, the early spring work includes riverbank improvements near Workman Park and landscaping in front of the public parking lots near the police station, Residences at Old Town and Seventh Street.

The work also includes the construction of new sidewalks on Sixth Street and the installation of poles on Yampa to accommodate the return of the overhead lights that gave the street a more festive feeling.

Later in April, crews are expected to start working on the northern portion of Yampa, where a new raised intersection will be installed at the street’s intersection with 11th Street.

Officials say that intersection will be closed for one and a half months during this construction.

Steamboat Today will publish updates on the construction and outline any road closures as the project progresses.

There is also construction scheduled this spring and summer on Oak Street, where new sidewalks are being installed.

The downtown improvement project aims to make Yampa, Oak and the side streets downtown more walkable and inviting for pedestrians.

Drivers still have a few more weeks until they could start to see some delays on the west end of town.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is partnering with the city to reconstruct the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road.

In addition, Hayden commuters should be aware that a six-mile stretch of U.S. 40 where it runs from Shield Drive to the Elk River Bridge will be repaved in conjunction with the project.

The work could start as soon as April 24 and is scheduled to last until Nov. 30.

When the $7 million project is done, the intersection will accommodate more efficient left turn movements.

Currently, drivers who want to make left turns onto U.S. 40 have to wait until the other direction of traffic goes through a signal. The project will do away with the split phasing.

As part of the project, sidewalks are being added to connect Shield Drive to Riverside Plaza.

There will also be new bike lanes on the highway.

CDOT engineer Clint Moyer told Steamboat Today earlier this month he anticipates the work area will be able to accommodate two-way traffic for the duration of the project.

He also is predicting some local drivers will choose to bypass some of the construction area by taking a detour over the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge and getting in and out of downtown via 13th Street.

According to guidelines that were relayed to contractors who were bidding on the project, drivers will encounter a maximum of a 15-minute delay per work zone.

The work also cannot interfere with eastbound U.S. 40 traffic from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and westbound traffic from 4 to 6 p.m.

Drivers will be spared from construction and delays at the intersection during major holidays.

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


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