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Yampa Street Improvements
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Project Information
For the Week of May 22-26, 2017
generated 5/19/2017

  • Minor Shoulder CLOSURES between 5th to 10th Streets (no impact to traffic flow).
  • Yampa Street Closed between 10th to 12th Streets (expected to run into early June)

This past week, final concrete work was finished and this portion of the project is substantially complete. Yampa Street between 5th and 10th Streets has been reopened to vehicular traffic and all new sidewalks on these blocks are also open. Phase II continues with a new concrete raised intersection at 11th and Yampa. In addition, crews have completed the concrete pours in front of Steamboat Meat & Seafood and Lockhart Auction.  


For the week of May 22-26, 2017:
Minor shoulder closures will occur in the blocks between 5th and 10th Streets as crews complete punchlist work for Phase I and the installation of the festival lighting system.  

Yampa Street between the intersections at 10th and 12th Streets remains closed to vehicular traffic for the installation of a new concrete raised intersection at 11th Street. The 10th and 12th Street intersections will remain open to vehicular traffic. This closure is expected to last until early June. 

  • Pedestrian and bicycle access will remain open via the Core Trail in this area; with pedestrians from the north side routed to the Core Trail to safely navigate the work zone.
  • Businesses will remain accessible at all times
  • This work is associated with the Yampa Street Phase II improvements which is expected to be completed by November 1, 2017. 

Also during this week, vehicular traffic will be restricted to one-lane on 10th Street between Yampa and the alley for a period of one day while crews install an electrical line crossing 10th Street.

Public Informational Meetings
Bi-Weekly Public Informational Meetings will run every other Friday starting at 9am in Centennial Hall where city staff and contractors share details and answer questions about the status of the project. The next meeting will be held on Friday, June 2. 

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  • Call the Downtown Hotline for weekly recorded updates: 970-871-7052 
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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.