Interpretive signs and trail to be constructed around Arnold Barn this summer |

Interpretive signs and trail to be constructed around Arnold Barn this summer

The slopes of Steamboat Resort can be seen in the background behind the Arnold Barn, which seems to fit perfectly in its new home on Mount Werner Circle. (File photo by John F. Russell)
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Now in its new location, the Arnold Barn will see additional work this summer with installation of interpretive trails and signs.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority will tackle planned improvements to the barn, work on the new Mount Werner Circle roundabout and designs for future construction projects.

The first phase of the Arnold Barn project included moving and lighting the barn. It’ll wrap up this summer with landscaping and corral fencing.

Phase two will tackle the second phase of barn improvements, including a small pullout parking area, a summer-use trail from The Steamboat Grand to the barn, an interpretive trail around the barn with signs explaining the history of the barn and Routt County’s ranching heritage.

The group will also complete landscaping on the Mount Werner Circle and Ski Time Square roundabout that was completed last summer. There will be a bit of warranty work on the pavement of the roundabout, which will impact vehicle traffic around the base area for a few days in early summer. Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority Project Manager Ralph Walton said more information about a detour around the roundabout would be released later this summer. 

This week, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and other partners will wrap up a study of how people and vehicles move through the Gondola Transit Center. The study has counted cars, pedestrians and riders to understand the flow of the Gondola Transit Center on peak resort days.

“We’ll use that data — the counts — to help better understand the volume through there, and how those volumes are impacted by weather and other factors that constrain the operations from time to time,” Walton said. “The goal of that is to better understand how it really works, so that when we’re talking about how the Gondola Transit Center can be improved, we’re starting with some facts about how it currently operates.”

Walton said the committee and other interested partners have hosted two summits considering the Gondola Transit Center.

The first of these resulted in moving the location where Steamboat Resort’s Meadows Parking Lot shuttle picks up and drops off visitors. This helped alleviate congestion and loosened the bottleneck that once occurred at the Meadows stop, he said.

Behind the scenes, design for future roadway improvements will also kick off this summer.

These designs will tackle lighting, landscaping, pedestrian and bike infrastructure in the section of Mount Werner Road near the Knoll Parking Lot.

The URA is funding design of street improvements in “bite-sized segments” with the hopes that segments can be completed as funding becomes available, Walton said.

“We’re hoping that means we’ll be building one of the segments we’re designing this year, next year, but that’s subject to the budget process,” Walton said.

Walton said the Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee hopes to time these improvements with construction at the base area.

“It wouldn’t make sense to put in a sidewalk adjacent to a property that’s going to redevelop and maybe tear up that sidewalk, so we’re mindful of that,” Walton said.

With two Ski Time Square lots purchased by investors in October, the Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee is considering requesting the redevelopment authority fund construction of street amenities in the area before it funds improvements to the Gondola Transit Center. The Transit Center remains a priority, he said, but it appears other base area properties are planning to redevelop sooner than those surrounding the transit center.

Plans will also be developed for roundabouts at Mount Werner Road and Steamboat Boulevard and a roundabout at the southern intersection of Mount Werner Road and U.S. Highway 40. Walton said the two-year project will design both roundabouts and some storm water improvements. The U.S. 40 and Mount Werner Road roundabout will require collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Steamboat Springs City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Authority, appointed two new members to the Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee: Josh Miller and Charlie Roos. Willis Wodnik and Dan Pirrallo were reappointed to the committee.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email or follow her on Twitter @elHasenbeck.

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