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Yampa Street improvements officially finished

The finishing touches were placed on Yampa Street this week, marking the completion of a multi-year, $6.9 million downtown Steamboat Springs improvement plan that included new sidewalks, streetscapes and lighting. The new artistic crosswalks that were painted on the street are the result of a partnership between the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the city.
Eleanor C. Hasenbeck

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The final paint has been applied to Yampa Street marking the end of an improvement project that has spanned nearly four years and represents a nearly $7 million investment in downtown Steamboat Springs.

“This is year, I would say, four of that work that has been in process along Yampa Street,” said Ben Beall, city of Steamboat Springs engineer. “We are ecstatic to see the people down on Yampa enjoying it. We think it is a great final product.

“When you get good feedback after a really hard project that impacted some businesses and inconvenienced a lot of folks, it’s great to know that after all that the pain was worth it,” Beall added.

The $6,960,000 project included the purchase of the Workman parcel, $610,000; park and floodplain improvements, $700,000; undergrounding of utility lines, $1,040,000; replacement of water and sewer lines, $750,000; and street reconstruction with new sidewalks and curbs, $3,860,000.

This week, city crews finished the project by painting large green boxes with a bike image inside that Beall calls a “share arrow,” which is designed to let cyclists and motorists know the lanes are now shared use. New artistic crosswalks, which were a joint effort between the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and the city, were also painted on the street.

“The shared-use lanes are one of the biggest changes from last year,” Beall said. “The bike lanes are gone, and bikes are now in the lane with motor vehicles. It’s a 15-mile-an-hour street, and I’ve been testing it out the past couple of weeks. The street is now a fully shared-use street, and motor vehicle drivers using Yampa are just going to have to take their time and stay behind the bikes.”

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.


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