Pedestrian safety a big focus of city’s 6-year capital plan |

Pedestrian safety a big focus of city’s 6-year capital plan

Scott Franz

— The latest six-year capital improvement plan proposed by the city of Steamboat Springs would make it safer and easier for many pedestrians and cyclists to get around the city.

Notable projects include the construction of a new pedestrian underpass below U.S. Highway 40 at Fish Creek, a new pedestrian and bicycle sidewalk connection in west Steamboat from Riverside Plaza to Shield Drive, the realignment of the intersection at Apres Ski Way and Village Drive and new sidewalks in several locations throughout the city.

The CIP also includes funding for a range of downtown improvements including a promenade on Yampa Street and sidewalks on Oak Street.

Many of the pedestrian-safety improvement projects would be accomplished via a combination of city funding, grants and potential sidewalk assessments on private property owners.

The CIP includes more than $3 million worth of sidewalks that would be built in high traffic areas through 2021.

The projects are a continuation of other pedestrian-focused projects the city and the Colorado Department of Transportation have delivered here in recent years.

The efforts have ranged from an overhaul of the intersection at Pine Grove Road and U.S. Highway 40 to the deployment of pedestrian crossing signals that utilize flashing lights.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night will weigh in on the proposed CIP after a presentation focusing on all of the big ticket items that could be funded over the next three years.

Community members who want to learn more about all of the proposed capital projects can see the presentation sometime after 5 p.m. in Citizens Hall.

The six-year CIP includes much more than the pedestrian improvements.

The list of projects through 2021 totals $63.5 million in city funding and $20.2 million in projected outside revenue.

Big projects in the CIP include the construction of new police and fire stations, significant improvements to the intersection of Elk River Road and U.S. 40 in 2016, the replacement of the child care facility known as the Igloo, a renovation of the downtown Rehder building, the replacement of the Soda Creek bridges at 11th and Oak streets and rock scaling along River Road.

All proposed projects are scored and ranked by the city’s management team.

Does the project satisfy legal or contractual obligations?

Is it in alignment with the city council’s goals?

These are two of the eight questions the management team uses to rank the projects.

Community satisfaction also is a factor.

Learn more about the capital projects below.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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