Hayden gets $725,000 to fund Poplar Street improvements

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— Hayden has received $725,000 for Poplar Street repairs, and officials are ecstatic.

The funding is coming from an energy impact grant through the state Department of Local Affairs. The project cost is estimated at $1.13 million. The project requires a $250,000 local match, and the Colorado Department of Transportation is providing more grant money, Town Clerk Susan Irvine said.

"It's huge, folks," Town Manager Russ Martin told the Town Board of Trustees on Thursday. "I cannot tell you how happy I am."

The Poplar Street work will include drainage and realignment of the road from the bridge over Dry Creek to U.S. Highway 40.

"The sidewalks with Poplar will be tied in with this," Irvine said. "Hopefully, they can get the road done and then the sidewalk right after that."

In November, the project received a No. 1 priority ranking from the Routt County Energy Impact Prioritization Committee.

The project ranked ahead of others in Steamboat Springs, Milner and Routt County. Steamboat requested funds to get land for a public safety building in western Steamboat, Routt County requested money for wastewater system improvements in Milner, and the county sought money for slide repairs on Routt County roads 76 and 86 - regarding the Cog Road slide and the Elkhead slide, respectively.

The county hasn't heard about the funding for the Milner project, County Manager Tom Sullivan said. DOLA granted about $582,000 in energy impact funding for the two slide repairs. Information wasn't available Friday about Steamboat's request.

The town of Hayden will seek bids for the Poplar Street project starting May 17, Martin said. The bid will be advertised for a couple of weeks. Town officials will do a walk-through with contractors after Memorial Day and hope to have a contract by the June 4 board meeting, he said.

Hayden will deliver letters to and meet with residents regarding construction impacts, Martin said.

"We're going to have dust in the air more than we should, noise in the air more than we should," he said. "All that will happen along that way."

Still, the improvements are necessary, Martin said.

"The sooner we get started, the sooner we can finish that project, and it's all overdue," he told trustees.

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