Fair weather keeps downtown Steamboat Springs construction on track
Steamboat Springs — Bolstered by clear weather, construction crews are nearing the finish line on the first phase of the major improvement project in downtown Steamboat Springs.
City Engineer Ben Beall said all of Yampa Street should be open to traffic again sometime around Thanksgiving.
At that point, construction fences will be removed, and residents and visitors will be able to start to see what the entire street will look like with new sidewalks, a promenade and other infrastructure.
“It will be great to see itself reveal itself to the community,” Beall said.
But there will still be construction activity on Yampa, likely through December, as Yampa Valley Electric workers install new pedestrian lighting on the street.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we should have the road back open in a couple weeks,” Beall said.
In the spring, the work will resume on Yampa Street, and crews will install a new streetscape from Ninth Street to Little Toots Park.
Meanwhile, city officials are starting to see the fruits of the labor on Oak Street, as residents are now able to walk more safely on new sidewalks in places where they were previously forced to walk on the street.
“It’s just a reminder of some of the real positive elements associated with these improvements,” Beall said.
City officials will go in front of the Steamboat Springs City Council next month to give a broader update on the project, including where it stands in terms of performance and budget.
Meanwhile, the city is preparing to celebrate the completion of another recent project.
The overhauled intersection of Apres Ski Way and Village Drive was opened to traffic on Monday.
Drivers now encounter stop signs at the intersection, which was reconstructed to make it safer for pedestirans.
The intersection also features new turn lanes, sidewalks and a bus pull out.
A ribbon cutting for the project is scheduled at noon Thursday.
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