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Road closures, increased bus service planned for Winter Carnival

Members of the U.S. Telemark National Team made their way down Lincoln Avenue during the 101st Winter Carnival’s Diamond Hitch Parade in 2014.
Ben Ingersoll

Members of the U.S. Telemark National Team made their way down Lincoln Avenue during the 101st Winter Carnival’s Diamond Hitch Parade in 2014.
Ben Ingersoll

— In advance of this week’s Winter Carnival celebration, the city of Steamboat Springs has released a list of upcoming road closures to accommodate several of the events, including the Diamond Hitch Parade, the Street Events and Night Extravaganza.

Closures are as follows.

Lincoln Avenue – Feb. 8, 11 and 12

Beginning at 1 p.m. today, a one-lane closure will occur on Lincoln Avenue as city crews haul and setup snow sculpture frames during a six- to eight-hour period.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, city crews will close Lincoln from Fifth to 11th streets and move roughly 2,500 yards of snow into place for the Winter Carnival Street Events. During the closure, traffic will detour along Oak Street. At the conclusion of the Street Events, crews will plow the snow to the parking lanes and reopen Lincoln Avenue.

Lincoln will close at 4 a.m. Sunday in preparation for the Diamond Hitch Parade. The road will remain closed until about 2 p.m. At the conclusion of the parade, city crews will push snow to the side of Lincoln for removal early Monday morning, when the last closure goes into place at 2 a.m.

Emerald Mountain – Feb. 11

All trails that access Emerald Mountain including Blackmere Trail will be closed for public safety from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday due to crews setting up and launching fireworks for the Night Extravaganza. Additional trail closures may be required before Saturday, and signage will be posted at all trailheads. Respect the closures and enjoy the show from designated viewing areas at the base of Howelsen Hill.

City bus service

To help visitors navigate Winter Carnival activities, Steamboat Springs Transit will operate additional buses Saturday and Sunday.

While Lincoln Avenue is closed, buses will use the Oak Street detour. Temporary bus stops will be located at Fifth and Oak, Seventh and Oak and Ninth and Oak. Buses will also stop at the Yellow Line’s 10th and Oak stop next to City Hall. After Lincoln reopens, buses will return to normal routes.

On both Saturday and Sunday nights, the last buses will operate at 2:20 a.m. from the Stockbridge toward the Mountain, at 2:40 a.m. from the Gondola Transit Center toward the condominiums, at 3:08 a.m. from the Gondola Transit Center toward downtown and 3:21 a.m. from downtown toward the west.

SST bus stop locations and times can be obtained at steam or by calling 970-879-3717.

Howelsen Hill traffic

Howelsen Hill base area parking typically fills to capacity early for the Night Extravaganza on Saturday, and overflow parking will be available at the rodeo grounds as space permits.

Once the Howelsen Hill parking lots are full, Howelsen Parkway will be closed to incoming traffic with the exception of ADA access and emergency vehicles. Parking is not permitted along Howelsen Parkway or River Road.

After the fireworks, community service officers will direct departing Howelsen traffic down River Road to where it intersects with Mount Werner Road in an effort to efficiently move vehicles out of the area.

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