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Paving projects wrapping up

Thursday work frustrates drivers caught in road detours

Kristi Mohrbacher

Paving crews milled Fifth Street on Thursday morning as part of several paving projects that are under way in downtown Steamboat Springs. Thursday's work temporarily cut off downtown access to Howelsen Hill, forcing drivers who wanted to access Howelsen to detour to Mount Werner Road and use River Road. However, the road reopened Thursday afternoon, allowing normal access.

— Crews working on paving projects in downtown Steamboat Springs plan to finish projects today, while crews at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area have extended road closures as improvement work continues.

Fourth and Sixth streets between Lincoln Avenue and Yampa Street will be closed today for paving, which should be completed in time for the rodeo at 7:30 p.m., said Doug Marsh, street/fleet superintendent for the city of Steamboat Springs.

Earlier this week, Pine Grove Road and Downhill Drive were milled and paved. Milling is the process of removing about two inches of asphalt from a road’s surface before paving. On Thursday, crews milled Fourth, Fifth and Sixth streets. Although Fifth Street now is open, Marsh said the roadway leading to Howelsen Hill will not be paved for a couple of weeks. He was not sure of the exact date it will be finished.

Marsh acknowledged that roadwork delays caused heavy congestion for drivers trying to access the Fifth Street Bridge across the Yampa River on Thursday morning.

“It was confusing this morning, and I do apologize for that,” he said Thursday.

On the other side of town, construction of a roundabout at Mount Werner Circle and AprÃs Ski Way is about a day behind schedule because of a late order of asphalt, according to project coordinator Joe Kracum. AprÃs Ski Way will remain closed until July 3, a week later than the original expected date, which was today. The closure is in place 24 hours a day.

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Traffic needing to access AprÃs Ski Way east of Village Drive will need to use Village Drive from Walton Creek Road. Project flaggers will redirect vehicles headed up Mount Werner Circle to Eagle Ridge Drive, according to Steamboat Springs city officials.

“We’ll have the paving done July 2, take a day to clean it up and open it for the weekend on July 3,” Kracum said.

The next phase of the base area project begins July 7 and includes the reconstruction of Mount Werner Circle’s southbound lane and the remainder of the roundabout. Mount Werner Circle will be one way northbound between Eagle Ridge Drive and Ski Time Square Drive for about seven to eight weeks. AprÃs Ski Way will remain open between Mount Werner Circle and Village Drive, but left turns from AprÃs Ski Way onto Mount Werner Circle will not be permitted. According to city officials, traffic from the Ski Time Square area will need to loop around Mount Werner Circle to access the southern parts of the base area.

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