Winter Carnival to create intermittent street closures in downtown Steamboat |

Winter Carnival to create intermittent street closures in downtown Steamboat

Staff report

A competitor participates in the shovel race during the 2013 Winter Carnival street events. (File photo by Scott Franz)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The 106th annual Winter Carnival arrives in Steamboat Springs this week, and the city of Steamboat Springs is preparing for the festivities, which will require the city to close several roads to accommodate events like the Street Events, Diamond Hitch Parade and Night Extravaganza.

Beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, a one-lane closure will occur on Lincoln Avenue as city crews haul and set up snow sculpture frames over a six- to eight-hour period.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, city crews will close Lincoln from Fifth to 11th streets and move roughly 2,500 yards of snow into place for the Street Events. During the closure, traffic will detour along Oak Street. At the conclusion of the Street Events, crews will plow the snow to the parking lanes and reopen Lincoln.

The Sunday, Feb. 10, morning closure of Lincoln will take effect at 4 a.m. with detours again onto Oak Street. In addition, Yampa Street will be closed Sunday morning for parade staging.

With the Diamond Hitch Parade taking place after the Street Events, these closures will remain in effect until around 2 p.m. At the conclusion of the parade, city crews will push snow to the side of Lincoln for removal early Monday morning when the last closure goes into place at 2 a.m.

In addition to street closures, all trails that access Emerald Mountain, including Blackmer Trail, will be closed for public safety from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, as crews set up and launch fireworks for the Night Extravaganza. Due to the record-setting firework attempt, it is not advisable for spectators to view the show anywhere on Emerald Mountain.

During the fireworks display, there will be a safety closure of River Road between the neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Tree Haus.

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