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Posted on: May 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] River Road Interceptor Phase II Closures Start June 1

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-May 21, 2020-The second phase of the River Road Interceptor project is underway with initial site preparations occurring this month before crews move into groundwork and implement road closures on Monday, June 1.

“We understand that it is an inconvenience to have River Road closed,” said Public Work Director Jon Snyder. “However, this is the most efficient and safest course for crews and the project. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we make significant infrastructure improvements for the community.”

The project is anticipated to last 60 business days, with work running Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm. No weekend work is permitted. The anticipated construction sequence, without weather or unforeseen delays, is as follows:

Week I

Erosion control set up along with asphalt cutting.

 Roads Open

Week II

Equipment onsite, installation of buried bypass system. All roadways remain open with flaggers for single lane traffic.

 Roads Open w/flaggers 

Week III

Interceptor installation begins between 5th and Agate Streets on June 1. River Rd closed from 5th to Agate. No traffic along River Rd from 5th to Mount Werner. Residents required to travel south to access downtown.

 River Road CLOSED


River Road reopened to traffic. Traffic routed along River Rd between 5th St and Mount Werner Rd will be detoured from Agate and Spar via Pearl St.

 Road Detours


Interceptor installation starts between Spar St and south end of the Brooklyn Subdivision. River Rd closed to traffic, but Brooklyn residents able to access downtown via River Rd and 5th St. Some residents may be routed south, along River Rd to access downtown depending on excavation location.

 River Road CLOSED

Final Weeks

Milling (cutting) of the existing roadway asphalt begins, followed immediately by new asphalt overlay. River Rd closed and residents routed south to Mount Werner Rd for downtown access. Project Clean Up.

 River Road CLOSED

Traffic delays, road closures and detours should be expected during the project. Safety hazards prohibit traffic going through city facilities including the Parks & Recreation office, Rodeo Grounds and Ice Complex. Parking outside of the work zone during working hours is strongly encouraged. Traffic control will be present throughout the project to direct traffic.

Residential sanitary sewer services will be disconnected from the existing interceptor and connected to the new line as the interceptor progresses through the neighborhood. Individuals may be asked to limit use of fixtures (shower, toilet, sink, washing machine, etc.) to create a more sanitary environment during the connection to the new interceptor. Advanced notice will be provided.

This $1.68 million-dollar project is replacing an undersized and dilapidated interceptor that transports waste to the wastewater treatment plant. The interceptor will be replaced with a larger plastic pipe that is anticipated to have a life span of over 40 years and is sized to handle future growth in the area.


Amber Gregory, Utilities Engineer, 970.871.8211 or email
Jon Snyder, Public Works Director, 970.871.8207 or email

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