Mountain roundabout construction enters second phase
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Construction on the roundabout at Mount Werner Circle and Ski Time Square Drive near the base of Steamboat Resort has entered its second phase, closing Mount Werner Circle at the Steamboat Grand and the Ski Time Square Garage.
Vehicular traffic headed for Ski Time Square Drive, the Gondola Square Garage and the Sheraton Steamboat must now turn right at Mount Werner Circle to get to its destination. Construction also closes the Steamboat Springs Transit bus stop near the Ski Time Square Garage, though the Gondola Transit Center is still operating.
The project is on schedule and is set to be complete by Nov. 3, said Ralph Walton, Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority project manager.
“I think everybody involved is going to feel gratified to make an important improvement to the mountain area that really addresses safety considerations and traffic movement through that critical part of Mount Werner Circle,” Walton said. “I think it’s a great improvement, and any of the new development that is on Ski Time Square will appreciate it as well as those projects hopefully manifest themselves.”
Walton expressed thanks to the partners that made the project possible, including the Steamboat Grand, the Sheraton, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Duckels Construction, Baseline Construction Corporation and other subcontractors and businesses.
Walton said the project has tried to mitigate impacts to businesses and property owners who use the intersection. They were able to end construction early one Friday to decrease the impact to the Vettes on the Rockies event earlier this summer.
“We’ve done everything that we can do to minimize those impacts and advertise them and work around certain activities that could be worked around,” Walton said.
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