Steamboat Springs Drivers on Colorado Highway 131 in Oak Creek should expect delays and detours through July 10, as the Colorado Department of Transportation rehabilitates the road through town.
CDOT crews are milling the road through Thursday in preparation for repaving next week. Resurfacing will take four days next week, beginning Monday.
"Unfortunately, the highway will be rough through the holiday weekend," CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said. "It's never an easy thing when you have to go through a downtown section. But it certainly needed it."
The affected stretch of Colo. 131, known as Main Street in Oak Creek, is from mile marker 51.5 to 52.1 - effectively the portion of the road in town limits, Shanks said.
During construction, traffic is being redirected onto Colfax Street between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. All Main Street businesses are open and accessible by foot, with parking on side streets.
Colo. 131 was on CDOT's short-list in the region for repaving, Shanks said.
"It needed it somewhat badly - when they have to do a full-blown 'mill and fill' as they call it, the road clearly needed some rehabilitation," Shanks said.
While there was some grumbling downtown about dust and noise Tuesday, Bonfiglio Drug owner David Bonfiglio said enduring the repaving project is a "necessary evil."
"Our front-end traffic was very slow today," Bonfiglio said. "People who don't need to come in, aren't. But that's just what you have to put up with."
If anything, the completion of the repaving may make downtown more attractive to people driving through and bring more people into local businesses, Bonfiglio said.
"It's always unfortunate that in Colorado we have to do all these projects during the summer tourism season, but it's a relatively short project, and it'll look great when it's done," Shanks said.