Lincoln Avenue open in downtown Steamboat |

Lincoln Avenue open in downtown Steamboat

CDOT: Project could be complete Friday, weather permitting

Jack Weinstein

Steamboat Springs — All four lanes of Lincoln Avenue were open Sunday evening in both directions. — All four lanes of Lincoln Avenue were open Sunday evening in both directions.

— All four lanes of Lincoln Avenue were open Sunday evening in both directions.

On Sept. 29, the Colo­­­rado De­­partment of Transpor­tation released information stating that the $5.6 million project could be completed by Oct. 8, weather permitting.

CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said Sunday that schedule would remain unchanged unless the weather turns rainy, which it is forecast to do this week. The National Weather Service is forecasting the possibility of rain every day until Friday's anticipated completion, more than a month before its contractual completion date.

Shanks said Scott Con­tracting's completion of the inlaid striping allowed workers to open Lincoln on Sunday evening. She said Lincoln would remain open until the rest of the construction is complete.

All intersections are open with the exception of Sixth Street, in which the patterned concrete is being completed, Shanks said. She said that concrete work also is being finished at Fourth and Fifth streets, but those intersections would remain open.

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Shanks said there would be rolling closures of some intersections to allow workers to paint curbs at bus stops. She said there were some other miscellaneous repairs and clean up work before the project is entirely complete.

"Other than that, they are done," Shanks said. "I'm thinking (work will be finished) by the end of this week as planned. If we get weather like they're projecting, anything's possible."

Since the project resumed this fall, Shanks and Scott Contracting officials have cited favorable weather for the crews' ability to work quickly. Crews also have worked at night and into the weekends.

The project to replace asphalt with concrete on U.S. Highway 40 from Third to 13th streets, along with other curb and road improvements, began last fall and resumed in April. Scott Con­tracting, per its contract, stopped work June 30 for Steamboat's summer tourist season and resumed after Labor Day weekend. The completion deadline is Nov. 18.

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