New bus shelters planned for downtown Steamboat |

New bus shelters planned for downtown Steamboat

Mike Lawrence

The city plans to install nine new bus shelters, shown here in a rendering of the design by Vertical Arts, along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs in the fall. The Third Street sign is conceptual and not approved by the city.

— The city plans to install nine new bus shelters along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs this fall.

Designed by Vertical Arts, the shelters will be constructed of clear-coated steel with glass panels and wooden benches. Vertical Arts project designer Katy Vaughn said the shelters are intended to reflect Northwest Colorado's historic architecture and materials found on old barns, bridges and railroad tracks.

"We started to look at old agriculture buildings," Vaughn said Tuesday. "That's kind of where we got our inspiration."

Vaughn said the shelters' color scheme includes natural steel in shades of brown, black and gray.

City Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the shelters will be installed on both sides of Lincoln Avenue near intersections with downtown's odd-numbered streets — Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth and 11th — except for the location in front of Riggio's Ristorante near 11th Street. That building's design prohibits installation of a bus shelter.

Each shelter costs $16,250, Shelton said, creating a total project budget of $300,000 when also accounting for foundation and installation work. Shelton said federal grant funding for transit projects in rural areas would pay $240,000 of that cost.

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Installation of the shelters will begin in late August or early September, Shelton said, and will occur on blocks where the Colorado Department of Transportation's downtown re­­paving and improvement project is completed.

Shelton said all nine shelters would be installed before winter. He said the shelters would not be heated but would meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The shelters will have "shed roofs" that slope to one side.

Tracy Barnett, of Mainstreet Ste­am­­boat Springs, credited Ma­in­street's design committee — particularly Cami Bunn and Irene Nelson — with spurring the push for a more creative shelter design than originally planned.

Shelton said initial shelter designs were based on more standard, manufactured drawings.

"It didn't seem to fit, and it just didn't have any character to it," Barnett said.

Shelton said the city allowed local designers to submit alternative shelter designs and cost projections.

Barnett ap­­plauded the result, which she said would funnel federal grant dollars to local fabricators and installers.

"We thought it was very important in this economy to try to involve local designers, local builders and local installers," she said.

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