Steamboat Springs County Road 36 is scheduled to be striped Wednesday, despite public opposition and a divided Routt County Board of Commissioners.
The commissioners voted, 2-1, in favor of the new striping last week. The striping will widen lanes by a foot and reduce the road's shoulders from 5 feet to 4 feet. Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush was the dissenting vote.
During a work session at the Routt County Courthouse on Monday, the commissioners discussed additional signage for the road with Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper. They agreed that all users of that road - motorists and cyclists - should be reminded to share the road. Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak recommended an additional sign just below the speed limit sign reminding drivers to obey the speed limit.
"I want to make sure we have saturation," Commissioner Doug Monger said about the number of speed limit signs for the road. He said he drove C.R. 36 late last week and that he thinks there is a shortage of signs.
Mitsch Bush expressed concern when Draper estimated it would take a month before new signs were received and posted, and that they wouldn't be up in time for the Fourth of July. Mitsch Bush also felt it was important that motorists be considerate to cyclists and avoid honking horns or throwing things at them.
Her remarks were cut off by Stahoviak, who recommended that the discussion be reserved for a broader community conversation so that all user groups on the road could be heard. Although there is no date set for a public discussion, Stahoviak said it should be held in the fall because people are busy enjoying the summer.
All three commissioners indicated that they had heard from members of the public and the Routt County Sheriff's Office that deputies were on C.R. 36 last weekend enforcing the speed limit.
Before Monday's discussion ended, Stahoviak said, "We would appreciate it if cyclists travel single file on that road when vehicles are around and that motorists obey the speed limit."
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