Rachael Shiebler: Driving in Steamboat is dangerous
Steamboat Springs — Driving in Steamboat Springs is dangerous, walking in Steamboat Springs is hazardous and biking in Steamboat Springs can be close to a brush with disaster and bodily injury. As a resident of this town for 11 years I have witnessed steady growth in the population and with that increased tourism. I view these as great things for the community but the infrastructure has not been keeping pace with the expansion of the population.
I live in a quiet neighborhood with very narrow streets and no sidewalks. Walking my dog has become dangerous due to excessive speed, people driving down the middle of the road and number one: texting. The top speed within the city limits and this is on Route 40 is 45 miles an hour. So when people are driving 50 miles an hour on our little streets they are being reckless.
These problems need to be addressed by our city council. The post office intersection is inefficient and just annoying. There are so many problems centered in that area! People try to be nice and let people turn left out of either the hot springs or the post office and create even more problems by backing up traffic or letting drivers out into lanes with limited views.
There are too many of the intersections downtown with cross traffic not stopping for people with the right of way. I have almost been hit several times at the intersection on 6th and Oak as people try to gun it across the road to beat traffic that doesn’t have the stop sign.
There was a big push against creating an alternate route around Steamboat when I moved here in 2005. The time has come to face reality. We need to revisit an alternate route. We need to address the older neighborhoods with no sidewalks. The population of Colorado is expected to grow by 40% in the next 5-7 years. We are seeing the effects in Denver on the housing markets and infrastructure problems and those will keep spreading up to the mountain towns.
Please slow down and stop texting
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