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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-August 18, 2021-Various projects across the city are moving through different phases as work focuses on improvements and infrastructure enhancements. The following provides a brief update on city and non-city projects. All projects are weather dependent.
Mt. Werner/Steamboat Blvd RoundaboutCity of Steamboat Springs
Crews continue to prepare the roadway for paving on the north side by focusing on concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalks installation. The large box culvert under old Mt. Werner Road has been completed and final sewer connections have been made. The fiber line is again in service and located in a new concrete housing. In preparation for paving in a few weeks, crews will continue to conduct surface grading and flat work across the site.
Paving of the northside of the roadway is scheduled for early September, which brings with it access to Steamboat Blvd and a new road configuration for Mt. Werner Rd. During paving, residents on Trollhaugen Court and Montview Lane will be required to use Old Mt Werner Rd to Steamboat Blvd to Central Park to enter and exit the neighborhood. This detour should last approximately one day during the three-day paving project.
This is an active construction site and motorists are asked to proceed S L O W L Y through the work zone. The 15-mph speed limit is being enforced by the police. Pedestrian and bicycle access is provided on the soft surface material through a defined path with a crossing guard at designated locations.
Project construction efforts will continue in full force through late October to early November. Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. The project team hosts bi-weekly virtual meetings and the meeting schedule, project updates and photos can be found at engagesteamboat.net/roundabout.
Parks & Recreation ProjectsCity 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.
Howelsen Hill Chairlift: Crews have been busy throughout the summer installing the foundation footprint for the new SkyTrac triple chairlift across the historic Howelsen Hill Ski Area. Lift manufacturer, SkyTrac, is working on foundations for the five lift towers which requires installing micro-piles to each tower base. In addition, foundation and concrete work continues both on the lower and upper terminals and the new lift line has been cleared. Over the past weeks, tower steel, the two bull wheels, chair hangers and other steel elements for the lift have arrived at the ski area.
Joining SkyTrac on the hill was GeoStabilization International, a slope stabilization contractor. Crews have finished installing soil anchors above lift towers 3, 4, 6 & 7 on the hill. In addition, micro-piles up to 40-foot deep have been complete. These will be connected directly to the lift towers foundations to increase stabilization.
As work on the new lift moves through August, the community can expect to see work on the tower foundations finish up. Lift towers and load and return steel installation will start in mid-September. Electrical components will also start to be tied in that same month.
The city has contracted with Sloop Painting to complete the refurbishment project on the Snake Island Bridges. Work on the bridges is progressing with crews from Sloop Painting well underway on the first Snake Island bridge. After removing all decking, crews will wrap up painting the metal structure this week before moving on to installing new decking. All debris is being captured so it doesn't fall into the river. Detour for both bridges remain in place through late September.
The bridges cross the Yampa River with one bridge located near Rich Weiss Park and the other bridge from Snake Island to the Core Trail underpass near Parks & Recreation office. As a result, the two pedestrian bridges are closed. A detour has been set up so that Core Trail users can bypass the closed area. The project is anticipated to run for eight weeks, reopening by Friday, Sept. 24.
The Yampa River Restoration Project is targeted to start around September 1 under the direction of Diggin’ it!, a small excavation company specializing in habitat restoration, pending a signed executed contract. The restoration project, located behind the Flour Mill, will improve river access, aquatic habitat, bank stabilization and recreational opportunities. This restoration project will also enact detours on the Yampa River Core Trail.
With the arrival of Howelsen Hill Tubing this season, the project team is starting to replace the outfield fence on Adams Field with panels which can be removed in the winter. For this week, the NPR bike trail will see a detour at the bottom of the trail near the ballfield. The detour will split the end of the trail in half with one side used by bikers and the other half by the contractor working on the project.
Rodeo Ground Paving ProjectCity of Steamboat Springs
Crews are completing the final grade of the Rodeo Grounds parking lot and finalizing the underground utilities. Efforts continue to concentrate on irrigation sleeves and electrical service for the EV charging stations and parking lot lighting. Work is still on target for a substantial completion in early October, followed by landscaping and clean-up. The Steamboat Springs ProRodeo Series has two weekends left in the summer season.
US40 Sidewalk ProjectCity of Steamboat Springs
The project team is finalizing storm sewers on the hill side and water replacement on the river side of US40. Shoulder closures should be expected on both sides of the highway as well as a lane shift on the west bound lane to aid in creating a safe workspace during installation of a culvert and inlet.
Crews are conducting embankment work which involves moving dirt from the north side of the highway to the south side. Dump trucks moving the material are turning around in the Transit Center parking lot and use Curve Court and Shield Dr.
Other Agency Projects
US40 Chip SealColorado Department of Transportation
Crews finished chipping the roadway last week and will begin seal coating the surface this week between Walton Creek Rd and 3rd Street. With rain in the forecast, surface work may be pushed into the following week of Aug 23.
The seal coating typically takes two hours to cure before traffic can return to the treated lane. Motorists should expect traffic holds of up to 15 minutes at times and will be required to follow a pilot vehicle through the open lane while coating is applied to closed section. This process helps avoid overspray on passing vehicles.
In addition, CDOT anticipates there will be 15-minute full closures of intersections and access points when work moves through these areas. Motorists are encouraged to use the zipper merge, which asks drivers to use both lanes to the merge point and then alternate; or to find different routes if possible.
Lane lines, crosswalks and other street marking will be painted the week after and thermo-plastic decals around intersections will also be installed. The project is currently anticipated to be complete by the end of the month.
A new roadway is likely to be chip seal within five years of it being built to extend the life of the road. The $2.1M project started in June at the top of the west summit of Rabbit Ears Pass working its way 14 miles down to the valley floor to 3rd Street in downtown Steamboat Springs.
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 codot.gov/projects/us40-steamboat-chipseal. The public information line is 970.274.7320 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org..
Mt. Werner Water Sewer InterceptorMt Werner Water & Sanitation District
Mt. Werner Water & Sanitation District (MWWSD) Sewer Interceptor Project will be shifting its work zone starting Monday, August 23. This segment sees work occurring on and under Mt. Werner Road at the intersection of US40 and south along the east side of US40.
As crews work on and under Mt. Werner Road, a one-lane closure with traffic control allowing alternating traffic will be set up. Motorists may use Pine Grove Road and Walton Creek Road as alternate routes to avoid the construction zone.
Since the only sidewalk along Mt. Werner Road, under the US 40 underpass, travels through the construction zone, pedestrians and bicyclists will need to detour around the construction zone using Mt. Werner Road to Pine Grove Road to Walton Creek Road to the Core Trail.
ContactBen Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or emailDanny Paul, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210 or emailEmrick Soltis, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8271 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.220 or email