Steamboat Springs Although the employees at City Hall and Centennial Hall are keeping the city's wheels turning, a portion of the street in front of the buildings will be closed to traffic for the next month.
In compliance with the development permit issued for Centennial Hall, the city is reconstructing the area of 10th Street in front of Centennial Hall and City Hall.
The $96,564 contract was awarded to Duckels Construction, which began work on Monday and had torn up the street by the end of the afternoon. Based on the terms of the contract, the project should be completed within 30 days.
The $96,564 was not calculated as part of the cost of construction of Centennial Hall, said Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord. DuBord's most recent estimate for the final cost of the building is $3.6 million, though that number may change in the coming weeks.
Centennial Hall has quickly begun to generate the kind of traffic the city anticipated when it proposed the building, creating a tight parking situation in the municipal lot next to City Hall during some meetings.
"You're creating an opportunity; therefore, that creates a demand," said Public Works Director Jim Weber.
The modifications will allow the city to accommodate about 10 to 15 more cars than it previously could on 10th Street.
Duckels will be building "bump-outs" on both sides of 10th Street, which will extend out into the street and allow for parking between them. In the area between the bump-outs, 10th Street will be narrowed to 27 feet across, above the city standard of 24 feet but narrower than it had been, Weber said.
The modifications are intended to allow the city to create a kind of "campus" on the Oak Street end of 10th Street between the two city buildings and to accommodate safe pedestrian movement, said City Manager Paul Hughes.