Steamboat briefs: Work to continue on Yampa, Oak street construction |

Steamboat briefs: Work to continue on Yampa, Oak street construction

Work on several construction projects will continue this week and is expected to impact traffic.

On Yampa Street, a one-block closure will remain in effect through Friday between the intersections of Sixth and Seventh streets. The intersection itself will remain open.

Work will be focused between Sake2U and Workman Park frontage on Yampa Street. Pedestrians will be routed to the north side of this block during the closure.

Access to the Steamboat Realty & Lawyer's Group, 635 Yampa St., and Sake2U, 609 Yampa St., will be from the Seventh Street side, and Workman and Ski Town Lion's parks will remain open throughout construction.

Yampa Street is closed to vehicular traffic between the intersections at 10th to 12th streets. The 10th and 12th street intersections will remain open to vehicular traffic, and this closure is expected to last until early June.

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Access to the Double Z from Yampa Street will re-opened this week, and pedestrian and bicycle access will remain open via the Core Trail.

Work associated with the Yampa Street Phase II improvements is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

Work on Oak Street, will include the south side of the street between Eighth and Ninth streets and involve laying concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk; asphalt patching; and prepping for mill and overlay of parking lot, which is expected to occur the week of May 15.

Beginning this week, motorists can expect daytime lane closures eastbound on U.S. Highway 40 after 9 a.m., and westbound before 4 p.m. at a project to widen and improve the highway's intersection with Elk River Road gets underway.

The speed will be reduced to 25 mph, and significant impacts to traffic are expected to begin mid-May at the Elk River Road intersection and peak after paving crews begin the resurfacing operations in June and July.

The Diggin Downtown Hotline, 970-871-7052, will be updated frequently during the project. Information about the overall project is available at Sign up to receive project updates at, or request updates at

Bi-weekly public informational meetings will be held every other Friday at 9 a.m. in Centennial Hall, where the city staff and contractors will share details about the status of the project. The next meeting is set for May 19.

Beginning Tai Chi class for older adults starts May 9

Northwest Colorado Health's Aging Well program will host a new beginning Tai Chi class for older adults from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays from May 9 to Oct. 10 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. There is a suggested donation of $3 per class. Call 970-871-7676 for more information. To see a full schedule of Aging Well fitness classes in Routt County, visit to

Informational program on Carter Center will be offered

A program on The Carter Center will be offered at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 at Bud Werner Memorial Library's Library Hall in Steamboat Springs.

The event is being hosted by Ron and Sally Wackowski, of Steamboat Springs, and Marian Dickson, of Atlanta. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.

The Wackowskis will share their perspective as supporters of the organization, and Dickson will share hers as a staff member with the center's development office. The presentation is free and open to the community. Those who are unable to attend but want to learn more can contact Dickson at or 404-420-3861 or

Event connects nonprofits and young professionals

The Steamboat Springs Young Professionals Network and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation are hosting a networking event designed to help connect young professionals with nonprofits on Wednesday, May 31 at Storm Peak Brewery, 1885 Elk River Plaza. Drinks will be served at 5 p.m. followed by presentations at 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Colorado Group Realty. Those who attend will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a 2017-18 season ski pass.

Study abroad language grant available to students

The Dring Language Fellowship will provide up to $2,500 for a Routt County high school or college student to study a foreign language abroad. Previous fellowship winners have studied French, Spanish, Norwegian and other languages while they stayed for up to a year abroad.

The fellowship emphasizes individual immersion in a language. The program, sponsored by Jan and Bill Dring for the past seven years, is administered through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and Routt County high schools. Visit for further information and an application.