Steamboat briefs: Safety improvements in at intersection near mountain |

Steamboat briefs: Safety improvements in at intersection near mountain

Safety improvements in at intersection near mountain

Safety improvements have recently been installed at the Après Ski Way and Village Drive intersection by crews with the city of Steamboat Springs.

Safety barriers and planter boxes have been positioned at the intersection corners near the Snowflower, Dulany and Village Center properties. New crosswalks have also been painted to better define the connections to the corners and existing sidewalks at the intersection. These improvements are being called “transitional measures” that could lead to a permanent reconstruction of the intersection next year.

“The temporary barriers serve two purposes,” said project manager Ralph Walton in a news release. “First, they better define pedestrian areas connected with legal crosswalk zones. Second, they narrow the travel lanes slightly, which should slow down motorists and better organize traffic flow through the intersection.”

Additional signage, accessible ramps and plantings in the planter boxes will be added in the coming weeks. The transitional improvements are funded jointly by the Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority and the city. The transitional improvements are being introduced now to give locals a chance to get familiar with the safety measures at the intersection ahead of the ski season when traffic volumes peak in this area.

The long-term plan is for the transitional improvements to give way to the permanent realignment of the intersection, which the city and Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee are in the planning and design phase with engineering consultant Drexel Barrell & Co.

This permanent plan incorporates new sidewalks, turn lanes, bike lanes and improved drainage. Both concepts were presented at a public open house last month attended by more than 20 residents.

Final design efforts for the intersection are currently underway with construction targeted for summer 2016.

“Fixing this intersection has been a top priority from the beginning,” said David Baldinger, Jr., URAAC co-chairman, “and we see the transitional improvements as a first step to making this important upgrade to the south portal of the base area a reality.”

Annual 4-H scholarship fundraiser slated for today

Carl’s Tavern is hosting the fourth annual 4-H Scholarship Fundraiser with seating starting at 5 p.m. today. Belinda Rossi will perform from 5 to 7 p.m., and a live and silent auction with Cookie Lockhart will begin at 7 p.m. The menu will feature Grand Champion 4-H raised beef, and all proceeds from the auction and 10 percent of all sales from the night will be donated to the Routt County 4-H Scholarship Foundation. To make reservations for the fundraiser, call Carl’s Tavern at 970-761-2060.

Sign up open for It’s a Girl Thing, Guys Read programs

Sign-up is now open for Bud Werner Memorial Library’s It’s a Girl Thing and Guys Read fall book clubs for fourth- through sixth-graders and an adult partner. The free book discussion groups meet once a month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Teen Project Room from October to April.

The groups are led by a member of the youth services staff and include hands-on activities, lively book discussion and related media. October meetings are scheduled for today, Guys Read: “Alabama Moon,” by Watt Key, and Oct. 28, It’s a Girls Thing: “Savvy,” by Ingrid Law.

Those wishing to participate can register online at steam, by calling 970-879-0240, ext. 313, or by visiting the kids’ desk at the library. Space is limited to 10 kid/adult pairs per meeting.

Sustainability council hosts 7th green building tour

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council will host its seventh annual Green Building Tour from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25. The tour will start and end at the Routt County Justice Center. This year’s theme is Mountain Modern, and three energy-efficient residences will be toured. Tickets are $15 for one and $25 for two, and the tour is limited to 40 people. To purchase tickets, visit

Howelsen Hill Ski Area passes go on sale Oct. 27

Season passes to Howelsen Hill Ski Area will go on sale Oct. 27 at the Howelsen Hill concession stand. Passes can be purchased from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday Oct. 27 to Nov. 6 and from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 7 to 27. The concession stand will continue to sell passes during normal operating hours throughout the season. Season pass prices for an Alpine pass are: $100 for seniors 65 and older; $180 for adults ages 19 to 64; $120 for youth ages 6 to 18; and $35 for children 5 and younger. Prices go up after Nov. 21.

Hours and price breakdowns for Nordic trail passes and combined passes can be found online at

Howelsen Hill Alpine and Nordic trails will open on Saturday, Nov. 28, conditions permitting. Call 970-879-8499 for information about the Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center and for the daily grooming report.

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