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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-September 14, 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
The Steamboat Blvd/Mt. Werner Rd Roundabout Project hits a major milestone when traffic through the construction site will shift to the northside of the roadway this week, anticipated tomorrow, Wednesday, September 15.
With the shift, one-lane traffic in each direction will flow on the newly paved road where much of the underground work on the north side is now complete, except for the installation of two walls to the north of Old Mt. Werner Road. A small portion of Steamboat Blvd closest to Mt. Werner Rd, will remain closed until the project is complete. However, Old Mt. Werner Road will reopen providing connectivity to Steamboat Blvd via Montview Lane for both westbound and eastbound traffic.
“With the freshly paved surface, it will be easy to forget this is still an active work zone,” continued Paul. “Please slow down and follow all posted signage and speed limits so crews can safely complete their work.”
Project construction efforts will continue in full force until November at which time the roundabout will open for vehicles to use. Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday and beginning in mid-September will also include weekend work. 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: Concrete work has been completed and the base area bull wheel and first two towers have been installed. SkyTrac crews have moved temporarily to assist with another project but will return in a week or so. Over the remainder of September, all steel will be set including lift towers and electrical work will charge up. The project is on track for substantial completion in October/early November.
The Tube Howelsen lift has arrived in port in Texas and is awaiting off loading and delivery to the Yampa Valley. The project team has removed the outfield fence on Adams Field and replaced it with removable panels for winter. Surveying must be finalized around the sulfur cave prior to moving forward with additional installation and electrical work.
The Howelsen Ice Complex Expansion has seen the contractor complete initial concrete work and additional demo work is underway on connection points to the existing building. This project will run for several months, anticipated to be complete in March 2022, but there will be no public impact or access issues with the project.
The rehabilitation to the two Snake Island Bridges has been completed two weeks ahead of schedule by Sloop Painting. The work replaced all decking, applied new paint to the metal frame and ensured all debris was captured and stayed out of the river. This is the third bridge project Sloop Painting has completed on the Yampa River Core Trail.
The Yampa River Restoration Project is now targeted to start around early October under the direction of Diggin’ It!, a small excavation company specializing in habitat restoration. The restoration project, located behind the Flour Mill, will improve river access, aquatic habitat, bank stabilization and recreational opportunities. The restoration project is anticipated to last approximately four weeks and will include detours on the Yampa River Core Trail.
Rodeo Grounds Paving ProjectCity of Steamboat Springs
Contractor, RCD, is advancing work on curb and gutters within parking lot this week as well as installing conduit. Crews will rough grade the parking lot before applying the finishing grade later this month or the first part of October.
This project will install several EV charging stations which will be used during the FREE EV Seminar Ride & Driver event on October 23 (advance sign up required). Work is still on target for a substantial completion in October, followed by landscaping and clean-up as weather permits.
Downtown Chairlift BenchesCity of Steamboat Springs
Three new benches, retrofitted Christie III lift chairs, will be installed along the Yampa River Core Trail between Little Toots and Workman Parks in the next two weeks. One bench will go in the pocket park near Little Toots Park, another near the spur to Yampa Street and the Ambulance Barn parking lot, and the final bench within Workman Park at the east end of Yampa Street.
There will be periodic impacts to the Core Trail, adjacent parking, and within Workman Park in the early morning hours starting as early as tomorrow, Wednesday September 15 and lasting approximately one week for installing the concrete pads and placing the benches.
This project is funded via a cooperative effort between the City of Steamboat Springs and Main Street Steamboat.
Other Agency Projects
Mt. Werner Water Sewer Interceptor - Mt Werner Water & Sanitation District
Crews continue to work along Mt. Werner Road and the US40 underpass. Motorists should expect minor delays along Mt. Werner Road and the US40 on/off ramps. The sewer portion of the project should be completed in the next three to four weeks. Crews are also pouring concrete to the sections disturbed on the Yampa River Core Trail; however, this area will remain closed as revegetation and shoulder work needs to be completed. In conjunction with this project, crews will also replace a culvert along the US40 westbound on-ramp for the city starting in early October. Current traffic patterns for the on-ramp will remain.
Health & Human Services Building - Routt County
Demo work continues and the city right-of-way permit for new water service across Oak Street is completing the permitting process. The over a year-long project will close parking spaces and sidewalks on 6th Street as well as similar parking closures on Oak Street in the vicinity of the project. The Oak Street sidewalk adjacent to the effected block will be relocated traveling into the closed parking spaces with a barrier for pedestrian protection from traffic.
ContactBen Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or emailDanny Paul, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210 or emailEmily Hines, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, 970.871.7031 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.220 or email