Sidewalk work starting on Oak Street |

Sidewalk work starting on Oak Street

Steamboat Pilot & Today

— Downtown Lincoln Avenue will be sandwiched by construction starting Tuesday when work begins on Oak Street.

Yampa Street revitalization efforts are ongoing, and the work on Oak Street will have much less impact to drivers and property owners.

The work on Oak Street primarily focuses on sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Project spokeswoman Mary Brown said two-way traffic will be maintained for much of the project.

The work next week will begin between Third and Fifth streets and progress toward 12th Street.

Brown said the goal is to have most of the Oak Street work completed by the end of the construction season.

Project leaders will meet with property owners and tenants as the construction approaches.

“That’s obviously weather dependent, but that’s the goal,” Brown said.

Some areas, such as the Routt County Courthouse and the Holy Name Catholic Church, will be minimally impacted because their sidewalks already meet standards.

Down on Yampa Street, construction will be on hold for the Monday’s Labor Day holiday.

Yampa Street is currently closed to cars between Seventh and Ninth streets, but businesses are open.

To this point, much of the work has focused on installing underground infrastrucutre, but construction crews have begun pouring concrete for new sidewalks.

“There are some visible improvements now,” Brown said. “You’re starting to see what it looks like, and that’s pretty exciting.”

Overall, the improvement projects will cost an estimated $11.2 million.

This year’s construction projects on Yampa Street are scheduled to be substantially completed no later than Nov. 24.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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