Whistler Road could soon see the light

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— The city of Steamboat Springs Public Works director Jim Weber said work has begun on the long-awaited street lights for Whistler Road.

Construction crews this week have been burying electric lights for the "pedestrian scale" lights that will run most of the length of the half-mile stretch of road that links Walton Creek Road, south of the ski area, to Whistler Park.

"The lighting has been on the books for three to four years," Weber said. "Whistler Road is part of a bus route and (the new lighting) will provide safer access to pedestrians."

Weber said the street lights will be the same as the antique-looking lights along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.

This year's budgets will not allow taller intersection lights to be put in place at the intersections of Walton Creek and Whistler, and Meadow Lane and Whistler. Those remain in future plans, he said.

At the northern end of the street, the lights will line the sidewalk that runs in front of Shadow Run condominiums, Mountain Village Apartments and Quail Run townhomes, Weber said.

Because of variations in ownership of land bordering the sidewalk, the lights will actually be installed on one side of the sidewalk in some places, and on the opposite side in others, Weber said. That will necessitate running some of the wiring under the existing sidewalk.

Near the vicinity of Stone Lane and Park Court, the street lights will switch over to the west side of Whistler and continue along a path to Whistler Park.

All told, between 30 and 40 lights will be spaced at intervals of 100 to 150 feet, Weber said.

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