Steamboat briefs: Yampa Street construction paused for Labor Day
Construction of the Yampa Street Improvements Project will continue the week of Sept. 5, but there will be no active work today in observance of Labor Day.
Continuing on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Yampa Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Seventh and Ninth Streets, including the Eighth Street intersection. The Seventh and Ninth street intersections will remain open.
As construction of streetscape elements becomes an element of the project, the north side 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 Eighth Street will be limited. Pedestrians will be safely rerouted to the south side of the street and are encouraged to use Seventh and Ninth streets to access businesses on the south side of Yampa Street.
The sidewalk is expected to be reopened by Monday, Sept. 12. Work will include installation of utility conduit for undergrounding overhead electric lines, light pole foundations, street tree preparation, sidewalk and curb and gutter installations.
Signage and wayfinding will continue to be installed during the required closures. The city asks visitors, employees and residents to respect all 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, the 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.
Bi-weekly public information meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. Fridays. The next meeting will be held Friday, Sept. 9 at Aurum Food & Wine, 811 Yampa St.
A construction hotline will be updated frequently; the number to call is 970-871-7052. Information on the overall project is available on the city’s website, diggindowntown.com.
To receive project updates, visit the website, click on Notify Me and select Downtown Improvement Project updates, or send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice slated for Saturday
Northwest Colorado Health will host the Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice on Saturday, Sept. 10 in downtown Steamboat Springs. The race starts at 11 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge, and the finish line is at West Lincoln Park.
Ticket holders of the first 25 ducks will win a total of $5,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize is $1,500. Entrants need not be present to win.
Winners’ names will be posted in the park following the race. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds benefit Hospice care in the Yampa Valley.
Tickets are available at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and Yampa Valley Bank, 600 S. Lincoln Avenue. They can also be purchased online through Friday, Sept. 9 at northwestcoloradohealth.org/rubberduckysteamboat. Tickets will be available the day of the race starting at 9 a.m. at the Fifth Street Bridge.
For more information, call 970-871-7609.
Precautions advised in area when dealing with bats
Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals.
■ Never touch a wild animal.
■ Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.
■ Keep doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open in the evening.
■ Upon discovering a bat inside a home, call a professional trapper with experience
■ Keep pets up to date on rabies vaccines.
■ In the event of exposure to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not touch the animal, even if wearing gloves) and contact the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588.
■ If bitten by, or a bat if a bat is found in a room where people sleep, contact a medical provider and Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632.
For more information, visit cdc.gov/rabies.
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