Work continues on Rabbit Ears Pass; west Steamboat cone zone to be lifted soon |

Work continues on Rabbit Ears Pass; west Steamboat cone zone to be lifted soon

Cars pause at a single-lane closure on U.S. Highway 40 just west of Steamboat Springs on Thursday afternoon.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Roadwork continues on U.S. Highway 40 on either side of Steamboat Springs. Construction on Rabbit Ears Pass is expected to continue until October, and the Colorado Department of Transportation hopes to complete roadwork west of Steamboat by mid-July.

Clint Moyer, a resident engineer at the Colorado Department of Transportation, said work is “going really well” and is expected to be completed on time.

Rabbit Ears Pass

In the next two weeks, crews will begin milling and paving the 12-mile stretch beginning near Walton Creek Road and ending east of the summit around milepost 141.

From Walton Creek Road to the pass there will continue to be rolling, single-lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until noon on Friday.

Moyer said both lanes of the road will occasionally be closed for a few minutes at a time to shift lanes and maintain equipment at the top and bottom of the pass.

On the pass, CDOT plans to keep two lanes open at all times. Moyer said the agency is “trying not to stop trucks on the pass” to prevent tractor-trailers from losing momentum or wearing on brakes.

He encouraged cyclists to avoid Rabbit Ears in the midst of construction.

“We would prefer them to stay off Rabbit Ears Pass while we’re up there,” Moyer said. “It just adds one more level of safety issues that are hard for us to control.”

West Steamboat

West of town, crews are grinding the roadway to install inlaid pavement markings. Drivers can expect single-lane alternating traffic west of Steamboat Monday through Thursday and until noon Friday. Crews will not be working during the week of the Fourth of July holiday.

Once the grinding is completed, crews will be working on landscaping and sidewalks, which will create spot closures for equipment.

The intersection of U.S. 40 and Elk River Road will be closed overnight when crews stripe the road. Moyer said the closure will happen sometime in the next two weeks, and traffic through the intersection will have a short detour.

“We’re hoping that no one will even notice,” he said. “They’ll wake up the next morning, and it’s striped.”

The project is a continuation of work that began last year. So far, CDOT has resurfaced the stretch of road, improved shoulders and drainage and laid new sidewalk between Shield Drive and Riverside Plaza. Crews also improved the intersection signals and curb ramps for wheelchair accessibility at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Elk River Road.

The project is expected to cost $6.9 million, of which the city of Steamboat Springs contributed $877,900.

To reach Eleanor Hasenbeck, call 970-871-4210, email or follow her on Twitter, @elHasenbeck.

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