For decades, residents, business owners, and city representatives recognized the need for improved safety, connectivity, and walkability in the downtown core. The Yampa Street project was led by public works engineer, Danny Paul, with Duckels Construction as the contractor.
Completed in 2016, the Phase 1 work consisted of streetscape improvements from 5th to 9th Streets along Yampa, undergrounding of the overhead electrical lines from 6th to 12th Street, replacement of a deep sewer main from 7th to 10th Street, installation of street lighting from 5th to 9th Streets and overhead festival lighting from 6th to 9th Street.
Phase II of the Yampa Street Improvements continued in 2017, including streetscape improvements from 9th to 12th Streets, re-construction of the 9th Street parking lot and extension of the festival lighting system to the 10th and Yampa intersection.
In the Spring of 2018 the street was repaved; benches, bike racks and trash cans were installed; and, some additional small hardscape and landscaping work was completed to finalize the project.
Both phases of the project were designed by Landmark Consultants, Wenk Associates, and Exponential Engineering. Community relation support was provided by Blakely & Co. Both phases of the project were constructed by Duckels Construction with sub‐contracting by Midwest Electric and Majestic Gardens & Landscaping . Many other community partners contributed to the project including every City Department, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Main Street Steamboat, and the Chamber of Commerce to name a few.
“This Yampa project was designed to improve the visitor experience and increase residents’ quality of life along one of the cities valued natural resources, the Yampa River,” commented Danny Paul, public works engineer and Yampa Street project manager. “It has done just that while creating a truly distinctive section of downtown Steamboat Springs. One that will be enjoyed for decades to come.”