Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Marathon creates significant area travel delays |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Marathon creates significant area travel delays

The 36th annual Steamboat Marathon is today. As a result of the event, motorists traveling in the area should expect significant traffic delays.

There will be two traffic lanes — one in each direction — on Lincoln Avenue downtown during the marathon. The westbound lanes of Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets for the finish of the Steamboat Marathon, half marathon and 10K races. The closure will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Traffic control will be in place on Routt County Road 129 again this year. Northbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted to the left lane just past the entrance to Elk River Estates and will proceed north to Cullen's Corner. Southbound traffic on C.R. 129 will be diverted at Cullen's Corner onto Routt County Road 44 and then back onto C.R. 129 just north of the airport.

From Cullen's Corner north to the start of the half marathon near Moon Hill will be one-way traffic, controlled by a pilot car leading traffic on the west side of the road.

For more information, call the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at 970-879-0880.

South Routt to offer 'Build a Better World' program

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Soutt Routt's summer reading program, "Build a Better World," will begin next week. Readers, age 5 to 12, will explore architecture, engineering and planet preservation during the program, which will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Yampa Library and from 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays at the Oak Creek Library. There will be prizes and lots of fun activities, including Lego building, engineering experiments and learning about how others live around the world. The program runs from Tuesday through the first week in August with no program during the week of Fourth of July.

Hayden Museum to host 3rd annual Mt. Harris Day

The Hayden Museum will host the third annual Mt. Harris Day from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Mt. Harris Memorial on U.S. Highway 40 five miles east of Hayden. The free event will give people the opportunity to learn about the area's coal mining history and the company town of Mt. Harris and other coal mining company towns along U.S. 40 that no longer exist.

The schedule will include a volunteer cleanup of the memorial from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. followed by a presentation from author and local historian Paul Bonnifield. Brunch, provided by Wild Goose Coffee, will also be served. Those planning to attend are asked to bring their own chairs. The event is open to all ages.

Forest Service seeks input on Elk Park Road project

Public input is being sought by local Routt National Forest staff on possible management changes to Elk Park Road — Forest Road 314.

Information obtained from public feedback will be important in developing management options. No decisions have been made yet by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District on this topic.

A motorized route that is located just north of Steamboat Springs, Elk Park Road is approximately four miles long and provides access to the Elk Park area and Elk Park Trailhead.

Extensive erosion and rutting are reoccurring management challenges along the road and have prompted the current analysis. Problems are mainly caused by the road's location, lack of engineered design and erodible soils.

Much of the southern portion of the road is not passable to most passenger vehicles due to its rough condition. Additional management concerns include the road's proximity to streams, steep terrain and user-created alternate routes.

Through the years, the Forest Service has considered multiple management options that address resource concerns while maintaining motorized access to Elk Park, including alternative routes originating from Routt County Road 36.  However, these alternative routes are not viable due to Colorado Roadless Rule restrictions.

A decision regarding future management of the road is anticipated by summer 2018.

Comments would be most useful if received by June 23. They can be emailed to comments-r with "Elk Park Road" in the subject line; or mail or hand delivery to Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, Attention: Elk Park Road Project, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487.

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