Steamboat briefs: Officials offer update on Yampa construction project
Construction of the Yampa Street Improvements Project will continue this week. This phase of the project will be entering its 13th week of construction, and work will be substantially completed by no later than Nov. 24.
Beginning Monday, Yampa Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Seventh and Ninth streets, including the Eighth Street intersection. The Seventh Street intersection will remain open.
As construction of streetscapes becomes an element of the project, the north sidewalk on this block of Yampa Street will be closed in front of the Steamboat Springs Police Station parking lot and the residences of Old Town Condos. Due to sidewalk reconstruction, pedestrian access to Yampa Street from Eight Street will be limited. Pedestrians will be safely rerouted to the south side of the street and are encouraged to use Ninth of Seventh streets to access businesses on the south side of Yampa Street.
Work will include storm sewer infrastructure, light pole foundations, parking lot paving, street tree preparation, and sidewalk construction.
Additionally, the shoulder of Yampa Street will be closed near the corner of Sixth and Yampa streets to allow for work on streetscape in this area. Work in this area will include curb and gutter, a retaining wall and reconstructing a driveway at Bank of the West.
Access to the Bank of the West drive-through and parking lot will remain open, and Yampa Street will remain open to both directions of traffic through this block.
Maintaining access to all businesses is a priority. Signage and wayfinding will continue to be installed during the required closures. For everyone’s safety, the city asks visitors, employees and residents to respect closures and use the designated detours and parking areas.
Shoppers and visitors are reminded that additional nearby parking is available at the 10th and Yampa Street parking lot, Rodeo Grounds parking lot and Howelsen Hill parking lots, with easy access to Yampa Street via the Ninth or Fifth street bridges.
Construction work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
An unrelated construction project by Fox Construction is nearing completion on private property between Ninth and 10th streets.
Bi-weekly public information meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Fridays. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26 at Aurum Food & Wine, 811 Yampa St.
A construction hotline, at 970-871-7052 will be updated frequently
Information on the overall project is available on the city’s website, diggindowntown.com.
To sign receive notice of project updates, visit the website, click on Notify Me and select Downtown Improvement Project updates, or email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crane Festival coloring contest entries due Monday
The Yampa Valley Crane Festival kids’ coloring contest is underway, and completed projects are due Monday.
The crane drawing, designed by art teacher Rose Swenson, is available at the Bud Werner Children’s library, Ciao Gelato and Yampatika. The picture is also available for download at the crane festival website coloradocranes.org.
Kids can color, paint and decorate the crane drawing and return it to these same locations by Monday.
Winners will be notified in late August, and awards will be presented at a special ceremony at Bud Werner Library on Sept. 8, the opening night of the festival.
All contest entries will be displayed at the Bud Werner Library throughout the four days of the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.
Area’s Soroco High School registration slated for Monday
Soroco High School registration will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 16. The sessions are for students and parents who have questions or want to make changes to their academic schedules.
Friends of the Yampa River clean-up slated for Monday
Friends of the Yampa and the river outfitters of Steamboat Springs are seeking volunteers to help clean up the Yampa River at 9 a.m. Monday. The group will meet at Backdoor Sports on Yampa Street and split up from there to clean different sections of the river. Lunch will be provided by Soda Creek Pizza. Call 970-879-6249 for more information.
Yampa Valley Gives in search of board members
Yampa Valley Gives is seeking letters of intent for an open board of trustees position.
Yampavalleygives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring nonprofits from Routt and Moffat counties. The group works to increase philanthropy in the Yampa Valley by encouraging residents to donate on Yampa Valley Gives Day.
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