Whistler Road construction prolonged


— Residents of neighborhoods near Whistler Road and motorists destined for Whistler Park are being asked to endure construction detours for longer than originally thought.

Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District Manager Jay Gallagher confirmed Thursday that the second phase of a $1 million water main replacement project won't be complete before the end of July. Signage that alerted residents to the impending construction project in April originally indicated the work would be complete by July 11.

"Our target was mid-July," Gallagher said, "but the related sewer line realignment on Walton Creek Road took longer than expected."

Gallagher said when crews from Native Excavating opened up the segment of Walton Creek Road where the sewer needs to be realigned, they encountered a complex web of utility lines that forced them to proceed slowly.

During construction, traffic that typically would have turned onto Whistler Road from Walton Creek Road has been detoured via Chinook Lane to Stone Lane, or via Village Drive to Meadow Lane.

Acting in tandem with the closure of the intersection of AprÃs Ski Way and Mount Werner Circle for an Urban Renewal Authority project about a mile away, the construction has reduced the options for motorists at the base of Mount Werner this summer. Some have used Eagleridge Drive to avoid construction delays.

Gallagher said the first phase of the water main project, from Walton Creek Road to Athens Plaza, was completed June 17. That work entailed installation of 700 linear feet of 12-inch water pipe and related lateral connections and valves. During Phase 1, crews replaced 100 feet of sewer main and two manholes on Walton Creek Road.

Phase 2 will include 1,500 linear feet of 12-inch pipe and five lateral connections.

City of Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Philo Shelton said his department will allow the trenching in Whistler Road to settle during the winter before applying a new asphalt overlay in summer 2009.


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