Roundabout proposed at Tugboat

Steamboat Ski Area base planners host open house today

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If you go

What: Open House hosted by Steamboat Base Area redevelopment planners

When: 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: Project coordinator Joe Kracum at 871-7077

If you go

What: Open House hosted by Steamboat Base Area redevelopment planners

When: 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: Project coordinator Joe Kracum at 871-7077

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Planners of the redevelopment at the base of Steamboat Ski Area are considering installing a roundabout at this intersection leading into Ski Time Square. The building pictured is Steamboat Trading Co., and not seen at right is The Tugboat Grill & Pub. Planners are hosting an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Centennial Hall.

— One of the first redevelopment projects at the base of Steamboat Ski Area could be a roundabout near the Steamboat Trading Co. and The Tugboat Grill & Pub.

Redevelopment planners are hosting an open house today at Centennial Hall to provide the public with an update on base area redevelopment, which is scheduled to begin a multi-year construction process in April. Topics for the open house include a public promenade that could stretch from the gondola building to Thunderhead Lodge & Condominiums; pedestrian connections such as a walkway from the Gondola Transit Center to Ski Time Square; an expanded snowmelt system for public walkways; an update on the potential use of geothermal energy at the base area; and a roundabout, which would replace the current intersection leading into Ski Time Square.

The open house will include a presentation to the Steamboat Springs City Council at 5 p.m.

Planning documents state that the current project list for 2007 includes initial signage, a walkway from the transit center to Ski Time Square, and a roundabout, which is in a location that planners call the "North Portal." The estimated cost for design and construction of the three projects is between $2 million and $2.5 million.

Signage for the base area and "project branding" for the redevelopment could use a "Steamboat Unbridled" slogan, featuring signs with pictures of athletes or a horse in motion over the slogan. The Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee has recommended the brand to city officials.

Wenk Associates and Kracum Resources are designing the base area redevelopment. Staff from both firms will be at today's open house and presentation to the City Council.

Comments

vic 7 years, 7 months ago

A "roundabout" is an accident trap - I have never seen one work as planned - Looks pretty on paper, but a mess in reality.

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thalgard 7 years, 7 months ago

here is our illustrious city council hard at work...what a totally rediculous proposal brought to you by the people who approved the "private" gondola from the meadows...hey...what about firing the bums and voting in some people that actually care about small business and the hourly workers that make up this town, instead of catering exclusively to the part-time super rich residents that have second (or third) homes in this valley?

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JazzSlave 7 years, 7 months ago

vic:

I'd like to see some stats re: accident rates in roundabouts vs. the incidence at conventional intersections. I lived in the Vail Valley for three years, and never saw a single collision at a roundabout. That doesn't mean it never happened, of course. But my experience was that they worked very well.

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LilMissJ 7 years, 7 months ago

Roundabouts are the devil, don't do it. Tourons can't even drive on straight roads let alone curvy ones.

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vic 7 years, 7 months ago

Sorry Jazz...no stats, just personal experience and observation. Like MissJ said, tourons can't even drive on straight roads. I think the roundabouts are confusing to people who are not accustomed to them.

My husband and I got caught up in a roundabout in Jamaica years ago - it was our first and added to that we were already confused driving on the "wrong" side. We went roundabout quite a few times before we could finally get out. We get it now, but I still think they are dangerous.

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