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Steamboat motorists encouraged to build in additional drive time

Jerry Speicher directs traffic along Lincoln Avenue on Friday morning. A major construction and paving project has frustrated many motorist in the Steamboat Springs area the past few days, and the end still is not in sight. Speicher said all he can do is smile and try to keep traffic moving as smoothly as possible.
John F. Russell

— If motorists thought traffic was bad Friday east of downtown, they should expect more of the same as construction work continues next week at some of the busiest intersections in Steamboat Springs.

The stretch of U.S. Highway 40 through downtown is free of any construction woes, but traffic was moving slowly Friday as crews were working at Anglers Drive and South Lincoln Avenue.

“It’s moving a little slower than normal, but it’s still moving,” said Eric Marsh, Steamboat operations manager for Connell Resources.



Connell was hired by the Colorado Department of Transportation to do the $6 million project, which involves repaving Lincoln Avenue, except for the stretch going through downtown.

For the next four to six weeks, new traffic signal conduit is being installed underneath the pavement at Elk River Road, the Steamboat Springs Community Center intersection, Hilltop Parkway, Anglers Drive and Pine Grove Road. That works involves sawing through the pavement. Curbs, gutters, sidewalks and handicapped accessible curb ramps also are being built.



Marsh said the work and the impact on traffic is going better than he expected. He said it has been taking him between 10 and 17 minutes to go from Elk River Road across town to Walton Creek Road.

“I thought it would be a lot worse,” Marsh said.

Connell is being mindful of the traffic, and they are not doing work at nearby intersections at the same time.

“We’re handling it as best as can be expected at the moment,” Marsh said.

He advised people to build in some additional travel time into their trips.

“It’s just getting in and out of downtown is a little slower,” Marsh said.

On Fridays, Connell tries to finish work by 3:30 p.m. Work does not occur during weekends.

As work at the intersections is completed, Connell will move on to the repaving work after the Labor Day holiday, when the tourist season begins to wind down.

Marsh said the repaving work will take place at night to alleviate traffic impacts during the day.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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