Steamboat briefs: Traffic on bridge to be reduced to 1 lane Monday |

Steamboat briefs: Traffic on bridge to be reduced to 1 lane Monday

Mount Werner Road at the Tree Haus Bridge between U.S. Highway 40 and River Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic on the bridge between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 to Friday, Aug. 19. Work is being done to refinish and protect the wooden structure of the bridge. Drivers are encouraged to consider alternate routes.

County partners hire new school-based mentor leader

Sydney Congdon has been named as the new school-based mentoring program manager for Partners of Routt County. She replaces Megan McCord, who has taken a position as South Routt high school and middle school counselor. 

Congdon has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in religious studies and cultures of Asia and a master of arts degree in social studies education from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University in New York. She also has experience as a teacher and as an AmeriCorps school-based mentor for the City Year program in Philadelphia.

City continues tree project on Emerald Mountain

Steamboat Springs is collaborating with the Colorado State Forest Service to implement a hazard tree mitigation project on Emerald Mountain this summer. Work began in July and is expected to last through mid-October.

The city will implement the work plan identified in the Emerald Mountain Forest Management Plan on the Orton and Gossard open space parcels. This project will complete the planned tree removal operations of beetle kill trees that began in 2010.

The city will be working with Routt County Riders executing volunteer work days to get trails reopened as quickly as possible. During this reclamation process, there will also be opportunities to re-route unsustainable sections of trails.

Following is an approximate timeline for closures, which may change, depending on weather and on the ground challenges.

■ Aug. 1 to Oct. 15  Root Canal, Upper and Middle Stairway to Heaven, Upper No Mo’ Bluez.

■ Sept. 6 to 23 Upper Morning Gloria

■ Sept. 15 to 17 One full day closure of the entire Emerald Mountain Trail System while helicopter logging and tree removal is in progress

Access to the backside of the mountain remains open via Lower No Mo’ Bluez to Wild Rose and Lane of Pain. Beall and Ridge trails will not be affected by this project and will remain open.

The Steamboat Stinger and Run Rabbit Run will occur as scheduled.

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