Snapdragon Way almost ready to reopen

Scott Franz
Snapdragon Way used to be riddled with large potholes. It is expected to reopen Friday.
Scott Franz

— The closest thing to a moonscape in Steamboat Springs has been paved over.

On Friday, construction crews were wrapping up their road work on Snapdragon Way, which was formerly riddled with potholes — many, many potholes.

The privately-owned roadway that provides access to KFC/Taco Bell and the Resort Group offices has long drawn the ire of community members, who had to slowly navigate through its minefield of craters.

Kathy Connell, a former city councilwoman who must use the road to get to and from work, even joked with the current council about it during a recent meeting.

She said citizens, and their bladders, were thankful for the project and what will be a much smoother ride.

City Engineer Ben Beall said construction crews were putting the finishing touches on the newly reconstructed roadway Friday morning.

“The plan is to open it back up today,” Beall said. “The moonscape should be in pretty good shape, at this point. “

The reconstruction of Snapdragon Way was funded by the businesses along the roadway.

The completion of the work means Central Park Plaza will soon be free of the cone zones that have been in the area since April.

In a related project, crews with Connell Resources reconstructed Central Park Drive by adding a new roundabout, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings and a sidewalk.

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

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