Construction to begin on U.S. 40 at Anglers

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Construction on U.S. Highway 40 at Anglers Drive will take place during the nights and early morning hours Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

The work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on those days, said Jim Weber, director of public works for the city of Steamboat Springs. Colorado Department of Transportation officials decided that work should be done at night to cause the fewest possible traffic problems on the heavily traveled road.

City officials required that developers of Sundance North and Sundance Creek install a new culvert to accommodate the new developments, Weber said.

Jim Swartz, project manager for Drahota Construction, which is building the new developments, said the new culvert should cost about $150,000 and will be larger than the current culvert.

Both directions of traffic will move through the project area while work is going on, but traffic will be reduced to one lane each way, Swartz said. The one-lane section likely will be only about a block. The entire road will be open during the day.

Traffic could slow and bottleneck, as it did during the improvements to the intersection of U.S. 40 and Pine Grove Road. Traffic should not stop unless a piece of equipment is crossing the road, Swartz said.

Weber said that after turn lanes on U.S. 40 were extended at Pine Grove Road, contractors opened up the road early because of complaints from drivers. Subsequently, there was a pavement failure, so the road was closed for more work.

For this culvert project, final cleanup should be finished by July 21.

"The nice part is, we do have alternate routes around U.S. 40 right now," Weber said. For instance, people can take Steamboat Boulevard to bypass the roadwork.

Swartz encouraged drivers to obey the posted speed limit while construction is going on and to watch signs for traffic control.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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