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Yampa Street Improvements

Project Information
As of March 29, 2017

Phase I of the Yampa Street Improvements project is currently slated to resume work beginning Monday, April 3rd and will continue thru May, with a Phase 1 completion estimated by no later than mid-June. The project start date is dependent on favorable weather and Yampa River flow depths as initial work focuses on riverbank stabilization near Workman Park.

Duckels Construction will continue in its role as contractor for this work, which is associated with the completion of remaining Phase I work, originally started in 2016. Similar to last summer, public meetings will resume in April and run every two weeks. Meeting times and location are being finalized and will be announced shortly.


YAMPA STREET - Week of April 3rd

Riverbank stabilization work will commence near Workman & Lions Parks along the Yampa River and will require the closure of a few public parking spaces along Lyon’s Park (Yampa Street between 5th and 6th) starting Monday, April 3rd.

During this first week, work will also begin on 6th Street along the Bank of the West frontage (between Yampa St. and the alley). This work consists of removing existing sidewalk and construction of a new sidewalk including new street lighting and landscaping. This portion of the project will be active between April 3-17 and will require a closure of parking spaces along 6th Street adjacent to Bank of the West. However, the bank drive-thru will remain open and accessible from Yampa St. and the alley.

YAMPA STREET - Week of April 17th
Following completion of the Bank of the West frontage and around the week of April 17th, crews will move between 6th and 7th Streets on Yampa, finishing work from 2016. This section requires a closure between 6th and 7th Streets; however, all interesctions will remain open and pedestrian routes will provide for safe navigation around the closure.


YAMPA STREET - PHASE II - Late April

Phase II, which is concentrated between 9th and 12th streets including the side-streets of 11th and 12th, is scheduled to begin in late April. Additional information will be provided ahead of the start of Phase II.

Maintaining access to all businesses is a priority. Signage and wayfinding will continue to be installed during the required closures. Please respect all closures and use the designated detours and parking areas. Construction hours run from 7am-7pm Monday through Thursday; 7am-5pm on Fridays; and 8am-4pm on Saturday (if necessary). 

Construction Updates
    3.29.2017 Construction Update

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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.