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Yampa Street Improvements
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Project Information
For the Week of November 6-10, 2017
generated 11/3/2017

HIGHLIGHTS, CLOSURES & DELAYS
  • FINAL Weekly Construction Update As City Projects Wrap Up for Season
  • The Yampa Street Improvements Are Substantially Complete 
  • Yampa Street Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tentatively Planned for November 16

The Yampa Street improvements are substantially complete. In the past week, Yampa Valley Electric has completed the final lighting installations and city streets crews have wrapped up installing signage. There are still some minor punch list items that will continue into the coming weeks such as concrete replacement near Carl’s and Scratch; however, there will be no closures associated with the work. 

In the spring of 2018, Yampa Street will be repaved; benches, bike racks and trash cans will be installed; and, some additional small hardscape and landscaping work is planned. A ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively planned for the afternoon of November 16.  Ceremony details will be released in the coming weeks.   


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Phase I Summary:
Fall 2016 Completion
  • Replacing a three-block stretch of aged sewer main from 7th-10th Street
  • Burying the existing overhead electrical lines from 5th to 9th Streets, including street lighting, trees and landscaping.
  • A raised intersection and stop signs at 7th & Yampa will also be included in Phase I.

Remaining Phase I Work & Phase II:

Scheduled for Spring, Summer and Fall 2017


Project History
Yampa Street has long been recognized for its potential due to its connection to the river which runs along its flank.  The very first section of the Yampa River Core Trail, which now runs a total of over 6 miles along the Yampa River, was constructed alongside Yampa Street to connect the Library and Little Toots Park to a rudimentary bridge that has since been replaced near the Search and Rescue Ambulance Barn.  Yampa Street was once the industrially zoned area of Steamboat Springs.  Not until the 1980s did commercial activity begin to move into the buildings along the street.  As the community began to embrace the Yampa River as an essential natural resource and key recreational amenity, Yampa Street began a transformation toward increasing vitality.

Some private development along Yampa Street has led to discontinuous sidewalk and street-scape installation.  City efforts have included installation of bike lanes, additional pedestrian crossing markings and signage, the development of parks along the river banks, and creation of parking lots to bring some aesthetic order to the street.  That said, many segments along Yampa Street lack sidewalk and parking is scattered and poorly defined along some stretches of the street.  Citizens and visitors have often voiced concern about the lack of pedestrian accommodation. 

The Yampa Street improvements project is two projects in one: the undergrounding of overhead utilities; and  streetscape enhancements including construction of sidewalks along the north side of the street, a large promenade along the riverside of the street, and a reconstruction of the Core Trail between Little Toots Park and the 9th St. pedestrian bridge crossing to Howelsen. Careful coordination with the public, property owners, and utility providers is an essential element of project execution. This project has an aggressive schedule and a tight budget. The schedule is driven by the desire to have construction commence in the shoulder season in order to reduce the impact to businesses, consumers and residents.

The Yampa Street Improvements have the potential to create a truly unique section of downtown Steamboat Springs, improve the visitor experience, and increase residents’ quality of life. There is a relationship between the proposed promenade, the neighborhood, commerce, and the River that provides unique opportunities. The promenade is a destination along the River and will function as a linear urban park as much as a way to move people adjacent to cars. The project will pay special attention to potential future improvements along Yampa Street such as a 9th Street Park, Workman Park, restrooms, and private developments that will strengthen the vitality of the Yampa Street and the City into the future.