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Posted on: June 22, 2021

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Construction 6.22.2021 NewsFlash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-June 22, 2021-Various projects across the city are moving through different phases as work continues to make improvements and infrastructure enhancements. The following provides a brief update on city and non-city projects. 

Mt. Werner/Steamboat Blvd Roundabout
City of Steamboat Springs

The project remains on schedule with roadway grading and deep culvert replacement mostly completed. Undergrounding of storm drainage facilities, crossing of utilities and storm pipe construction is the focus in the coming weeks. Before the end of the month, concrete will begin to be poured and the first curb and gutters of the roundabout will start to take shape. 

Less than two weeks remain in the full closure before the roadway will partially reopen (one-lane in each direction on temporary surface) to traffic on July 1. Additional details will be released prior to reopening. Even with the reopening of traffic access, project construction efforts will continue in full force through late October to early November. 

Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. During July, there will be no weekend work to reduce dust and noise during the busy visitation month. The project team hosts bi-weekly virtual meetings at 10am with the next meetings scheduled for July 2, July 16, and July 30.

US40 Sidewalk Project
City of Steamboat Springs

Duckels Construction began work on the US40 West Sidewalk project two weeks ago. This project includes installation of a sidewalk on the river side of US40 between the Community Center and Loggers Lane, and installation of a sidewalk on the hill side of US40 between Indian Trails and Conestoga Circle. 

Traffic impacts will be limited to shoulder work with some periods of time when one lane may be closed to facilitate work along the highway. Access to adjacent businesses will remain open throughout the duration of the project. 

While work is currently contained to the southside of the roadway, crews will begin cutting the north side of the hill as early as next week. During this portion, there may be a one-lane closure as well as pedestrian/bike detour.  

Rodeo Grounds Paving Project
City of Steamboat Springs

The project kicked off April 12 and consists of paving the eastern side of the existing gravel lot including drainage infrastructure, stormwater quality facilities, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping.

RCD Construction has completed storm sewer installations at the Rodeo Grounds. A portion of the Core Trail will be closed in the vicinity of the tennis courts later this week and run through the weekend so crews can repair concrete. Work on the parking lot will stop on Friday, June 25 to allow use of the Rodeo Grounds until construction recommences August 1. Electrical service for the EV charging stations and parking lot lighting will get underway once work resumes after the break. 

City of Steamboat Springs

Paving work has been completed on the 27 roadways in the program this summer. The asphalt which was milled will be recycled and placed on the shoulder of the new pavement to keep it from breaking. The ‘Shouldering’ work will see minimum impacts with some rolling traffic control. 

Due to a lack of paint availability, striping will be pushed back till mid-July. However, streets crews have been able to put down crosswalks, stop bars, and symbols for bike lanes on most roadways with paint reserves in house. 

US40 Medians
City of Steamboat Springs

The US Hwy 40 medians were scheduled to be replaced this year as they are difficult to maintain and hazardous to workers.   This project, however, was postponed to summer of next year, due to the extreme amount of construction activity occurring on US40 this summer. Additionally, the medians will not be maintained to their usual standard, due to budget cuts resulting from the pandemic and improvements coming in 2022.

Parks & Recreation Project
City of Steamboat Springs

Several projects are underway or in design/contractor phase across Howelsen Hill and the park system including the new chairlift, Ice Complex expansion, Snake Island Bridge and Yampa River Restoration behind the Flour Mill.  

At Howelsen Hill, lift crews are pouring the large concrete pad for the lower terminal area. Several trucks of materials were pumped into the site, which lays the foundation for the lower lift location. Work on the lift project will continue through early October. 

The Ice Complex expansion is targeted to commence in mid-August with a completion date of February 2022. The Snake Island Bridge project gets underway August 2 and the Yampa River Restoration work will break ground in early September. Both projects will have impacts and detours to the Yampa River Core Trail. 

Other Agency Projects

Mt. Werner Water Sewer Interceptor
Mt Werner Water & Sanitation District

This project, which crosses US40 south of the Pine Grove intersection, is undertaking a major infrastructure improvement project when it installs 3,000 liner feet of new sewer pipe, replaces 5,600 feet of existing sanitary sewer trunk collection main and associated structures, approximately 25 manholes and a sanitary sewer junction box. Currently, a closure and detour for a portion of the Core Trail between Rotary Park and Fetcher Park is in place. The detour, which will be in effect through October, has travelers heading along the sidewalk south of US40 to Pine Grove Rd, then west back along the north side of Fetcher Pond to the Core Trail. 

US40 Chip Seal
Colorado Department of Transportation

Previously announced to start the week of June 14, this project has been pushed back two weeks and will now start at the top of Rabbit Ears the week after the July 4th weekend. The US40 Chip Seal will take place on 14.0 miles and consists of a chip seal overlay from mile post (MP) 132.7 to MP 146.7, basically from 3rd Street to the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass. The project also includes pavement markings and traffic control.

Those interested in staying up to date on the US 40 Chip Seal project and work schedule can do so by visiting the project web site at The public information line is 970.274.7320 and the email is

Anglers/US 40 Intersection
Xcel Energy

Xcel has completed work within the roadway and will be patching back asphalt within Anglers Drive either side of US40 at night starting this week and lasting 2-3 days. After that, there will be some work done outside of the roadway and within the valve set fenced area near the McDonalds access. The project will then be demobilizing for 6-8 weeks and coming back in the fall to complete running the line parallel to US40 between Emerald Lane and Anglers along the westside of the highway. 


Ben Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or email
Danny Paul, Project Manager & Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.220 or email

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