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Posted on: March 22, 2018

Streets Division Celebrates Arrival of Spring

The first day of spring is just behind us, and thoughts now turn toward landscaping and work around the house and commercial properties. The City of Steamboat Springs Public Works department offers the following spring tips to assist homeowners and contractors in getting the most out of upcoming cleaning and improvement projects. 

Landscaping In Right Of Way (ROW)
City Code restricts placing large landscape materials such as berms, trees, and boulders within 10-15 feet of the street driving surface and/or within 15 feet of fire hydrants. The ROW area, which is typically 30 feet from the centerline of street, is used for snow storage and utility line installation. Landscape materials may damage street maintenance equipment or have to be removed due of utility work. The city is not responsible for damage within the ROW.

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Homeowners and contractors cooperation now ensures snowplow crews provide timely and cost effective snow removal service this winter, and will help utility companies avoid damage to landscaping during maintenance, repairs or replacement procedures. 

Right Of Way (ROW) Permits
ROW permits are required and will be issued from May 1 through November 1 for work done within the city’s ROW. Permits are available through the Streets Superintendent at the Public Works Shop, 850 Critter Court. In order to avoid delays at the time of permitting, please provide update surety information to the Streets Division. 

All street excavations will use Flow Fill for the top one foot of trench repair and steel plated for 24 hours for curing time. A 4-inch patch will still be required with the asphalt contractor removing the top 4-inch Flow Fill then replacing it with asphalt in two (2) 2-inch lifts. 

Scoria Clean-Up
With warmer temperatures recently, the city’s scoria clean-up program, has started up early. The program typically runs through the month of April, weather permitting. During this time, the streets division sweeps remaining scoria from the roadways. Residents are asked to help with collection by raking out remaining scoria from their property, including the ROW and culverts onto the asphalt shoulder of the road. 


Commercial contractors or property management companies which provide this service MUST remove the materials themselves. Branches that have been trimmed or trees that have been cut down, as well as other refuse must be disposed of by the resident or a contractor, and should not be placed with scoria. Scoria clean-up is part of the city’s Particulate Matter-10 Air Quality Maintenance Plan, and residents are asked to cooperate by not using this clean-up for other debris. 

The City of Steamboat Springs Adopt-A-Street program encompasses the collector streets across Steamboat Springs such as Mt. Werner Road, Pine Grove Road, Walton Creek Road, Village Circle, Steamboat Boulevard, and Elk River Road. 

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Groups or individuals that are interested in keeping a city collector street litter free may apply to Streets Division of Public Works, 850 Critter Court, or contact Sheila Weekly at 879-1807. 

Following a few simple guidelines during the spring will go a long way in ensuring work completed does not hinder city operations or result in additional costs for homeowners and businesses.  Questions about these programs should be directed to Street Superintendent, David Van Winkle, or Street Supervisor, Tom Martindale.

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David Van Winkle, Streets Superintendent, 970.879.1807,
Tom Martindale, Streets Supervisor, 970.879.1807,
Sheila Weekly, Administrative Assistant, 970.879.1807,
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