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Posted on: November 14, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Ribbon Cutting For Downtown Improvement Projects

The City of Steamboat Springs will host a ribbon cutting celebration for the recently completed Downtown Improvement Projects on Yampa and Oak Streets, which run along a nine block stretch from 3rd to 12th Streets. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 16 at 3:30pm at 12th & Yampa Streets (Little Toots Park area). 

“When you take a look at the before and after images of these areas, it’s impressive to see what we were able to accomplish collectively together,” said Ben Beall, city engineer. “Collaboration is the essence of downtown and without the support of all the businesses and residents, these projects would not have gone as smoothly nor have accomplished as much.” 

For decades, residents, business owners, and city representatives recognized the need for improved safety, connectivity, and walkability in the downtown core. In July 2015, City Council authorized moving forward with a three-year Downtown Improvement Plan based upon a specific project list including construction on Yampa and Oak streets and side-streets between 3rd and 12th street. The overall $11 million funding package included certificates of participation, general fund revenue, grants, franchise fee restricted reserves and a private property assessment. 

Public works engineer, Matthew Eggen, oversaw the Oak Street project with Native Excavating acting as general contractor. The Yampa Street project was led by public works engineer, Danny Paul, with Duckels Construction as the contractor.   

This past summer, Duckels Construction jumped off to an early start the first week of April 2017 on Yampa Street due to unusually warm spring weather, followed quickly by Native Excavating a few days later on Oak Street.  Over the summer months, crews progressed efficiently up and down both thoroughfares, often working around special events and key summer weekends to reduce the impact to businesses, consumers and residents.

“Seeing residents and guests gravitate along Oak Street in a way that wasn’t experienced before is a testament to the project and how it resonated with residents and guests,” said Eggen. “From Oak to Yampa and all along the downtown core, the downtown improvements have made important strides for future generations.” 
 
Considered a major collector roadway, Oak Street enhancements brought mobility and connectivity with new sidewalks linking 3rd to 12th street, on-street bike lanes and improved parking along the entirety of the street.  Under the direction of Eggen, the public lot at 8th and Oak was reconfigured, increasing valuable downtown parking in the core of the city.

The majority of work for the Yampa Street project has been completed. However, in the spring of 2018, the street will be repaved; benches, bike racks and trash cans will be installed; and, some additional small hardscape and landscaping work is planned.

“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.”

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Contact:    
Ben Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293, bbeall@steamboatsprings.net 
Danny Paul, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210, dpaul@steamboatsprings.net
Matthew Eggen, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8273, meggen@steamboatsprings.net 
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220, mlane@steamboatsprings.net

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