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Yampa Street to shine brighter with installation of new lights

Veronika Vidlak, with Christmas Decor Steamboat, holds a string of lights that was hung Tuesday above Yampa Street. The company has been hired by the city of Steamboat Springs to string about 1,000 LED bulbs above the roadway where it runs from Sixth to Ninth streets. Installation should be completed by the end of the week.
Matt Stensland

— Yampa Street is about to shine a bit brighter.

Crews on Tuesday morning will start stringing about 1,000 LED bulbs above the roadway where it runs from Sixth Street to Ninth Street.

Think Larimer Square in Denver, but not as large scale.

The lights will zigzag above the street here in Steamboat and only cast light down below.

People visiting Yampa Street on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings should expect to see closures of the street on a block-to-block basis from 7 to 11 a.m while the lights are installed.

City officials believe the lights will make the street more walkable and friendly to pedestrians at night. They also believe the lights will improve the street’s ambiance.

“It will enhance what we’ve already done down there on Yampa,” Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said.

City officials still are discussing what time the lights will be on, but Anderson said it shouldn’t impact residents in the area.

He said it is estimated that if the lights are on for four hours every day in a month, the bill from that usage would total $13.20.

The total project is estimated to cost $16,800 and comes from the $50,000 budget the Steamboat Springs City Council recently approved for improvements on Yampa.

The city has spent some of that money on temporary curb stops to better delineate parking.

Anderson said about $30,000 of the $50,000 allotted for the street has been spent to date.

He said the lighting project involved a collaboration with Yampa Valley Electric Association and some local businesses on the street.

He said YVEA allowed the city to string up the lights using some of their existing power line poles in the area, and the businesses including Sweet Pea Market and Sake2U let the city tap into their electricity.

The lights are being installed by Christmas Decor Steamboat.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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