Steamboat briefs: Express lane toll collection slated to begin Saturday |

Steamboat briefs: Express lane toll collection slated to begin Saturday

Express lane toll collection slated to begin Saturday

Toll collection will begin on the eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane Saturday, Dec. 19. The lane, which runs 13 miles from Empire to Idaho Springs, opened Dec. 13 with all tolls waived, allowing drivers to learn how to use the lane and for CDOT to test equipment.

“Last weekend, drivers had the opportunity to use the Express Lane while CDOT completed testing. This weekend, the lane will operate to manage congestion,” Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said in a news release. “Starting this weekend, CDOT will adjust the Express Lane toll pricing to manage traffic.”

The base toll rate for an ExpressToll account for pass holders will be $3 and with typical traffic volumes, ranging between $8 and $10. At high traffic volumes, the afternoon toll rate may range between $10 to $15, or higher, depending on trip reliability and traffic volume.

Overall, toll prices can range from $3 to $30 for the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, depending upon traffic.

All motorists traveling on the I-70 Mountain Express Lane – including motorcycles, carpoolers and hybrids – will pay a toll. However, travelers not wishing to pay a toll can always choose to travel in the adjacent free general purpose lanes.

Visit for more information on the express lanes.

Chamber Singers concerts set for today, Saturday

Tickets are now available for the Steamboat Chamber Singers’ two performances of “The Steamboat Chamber Singers Celebrate Christmas” concert at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Dec. 19 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Steamboat.

Selections include many familiar holiday pieces, from gospel to classic carols. Tickets are $20 and available from any of the singers and from All That.

Denver children’s hospital toy collection ends today

Moose Barrows is again collecting toys for Mickey’s Fund to distribute to patients at The Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Local residents can donate toys at the downtown Wells Fargo Bank, 320 S. Lincoln Ave., and at Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, 610 Marketplace Plaza. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at both locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

On Monday, Dec. 21, Barrows will be delivering the presents to the children and families who will be spending the holidays at the hospital.

Mickey’s Fund is an endowment established in 1985 in the memory of Moose’s son, Mickey, who had several visits to Children’s Hospital in Denver before his death at age 3. Through the fund, a Christmas experience is provided to over 2,000 hospital patients annually.

Entries for Palettes exhibit due to Arts Council by Jan. 8

Palettes is a curated exhibition integrating visual art, food, music, poetry and performance that encourages community collaboration and appeals to all the senses. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council invites artists working in all mediums to participate in these exhibitions. Entries are due Jan. 8. Palettes Feast for the Senses will be held Feb. 19. Email for a submission form.

Financial help available to have pets spayed, neutered

Spay/neuter financial assistance is available to Routt County resident dogs and cats through the Routt County Humane Society. Shots are also available on the day of the appointment for $10 each. Co-pays range from $5 to $70 for qualifying applicants, and an $80 coupon is offered to all other residents. Local veterinarians participate in the program. To make a spay or neuter appointment online visit

Local Lions Club meets 2nd, 4th Tuesday of month

The Steamboat Ski Town Lions Club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Egg & I.

The group is one of Steamboat’s oldest civic organizations, chartered in 1923. Meetings are open to members as well as those who are interested in learning more about the Lions Club.

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