Ski base gets crossing guard

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— Even as the tourist season reaches its peak in Steamboat Springs, things are slowing down dramatically at the top of Mount Werner Circle.

The Steamboat Grand, in conjunction with a city traffic test of Mount Werner Circle, has placed a crossing guard at the south entrance to the hotel in order to allow for better pedestrian movement and safety.

"With traffic patterns around the new building and new pedestrian traffic, it just made sense to have someone there to help build awareness," said ski corp. public relations director Mike Lane. "We want to get people used to the idea that folks would be coming across the road there."

The crossing guard works at the crosswalk leading to the ski area and remains there from 8 to 10 every morning. She sometimes works during the afternoons as well, Lane said.

The ski corp. had to get permission from the city before paying for the crossing guard. Lane said the idea was approved by Director of Public Safety Services J.D. Hays.

Hays was unavailable for comment.

City Transit Director George Krawzoff said that he has asked the ski corp. to allow buses to go through the intersection before stopping traffic.

As part of an ongoing traffic test to determine how best to facilitate pedestrian use of the area around the new Steamboat Grand hotel, a group of planters were set up to force traffic into one lane at Mount Werner Circle.

After the city received enough snow, the second lane was left unplowed in order to further force traffic into one lane.

The traffic test, which the city decided to conduct in conjunction with the opening of the Grand, may continue through April, said Jim Weber, the city's public works director.

The city is conducting the test under the premise that there is not enough vehicle traffic to necessitate four lanes on Mount Werner Circle.

The crossing guard will likely direct traffic at the intersection throughout the remainder of the test, Lane said.

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