Photo by Matt Stensland
A sign along U.S. Highway 40 alerts passing motorists about road work on the highway that will begin this week. The Colorado Department of Transportation will hold a meeting tonight to provide residents and local businesses with answers about the project.
Monday, September 21, 2009
If you go
What: Public information meeting about the U.S. Highway 40 resurfacing project in downtown Steamboat Springs
When: 5 to 7 p.m. today
Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.
Steamboat Springs A major highway resurfacing project begins this week in downtown Steamboat Springs. But before it does, officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation, city of Steamboat Springs and Scott Contracting hope a public meeting tonight will provide information and answers for the area residents and business owners most likely to be impacted by the work.
Today's meeting is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall on 10th Street.
The U.S. Highway 40 project will replace asphalt with concrete on the stretch of Lincoln Avenue from Third to 13th streets, said Nancy Shanks, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman. She said project managers aim to leave open one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of the project.
Shanks said concrete is cheaper than asphalt and lasts longer, especially on a well-traveled stretch of road like Lincoln Avenue that is exposed to harsh winter weather. Shanks said the street should last about 30 years with joint sealing between the blocks of concrete every 6 to 8 years. And, she added, it should eliminate many of the pothole problems that result from Steamboat's harsh winters.
Resurfacing the roadway isn't all the project will accomplish. Underground utilities and storm sewer pipes to improve drainage will be installed during the work. Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps will be added, and curbs and gutters will be replaced. Fiber optic lines also will be installed to coordinate the street's traffic signals downtown, including a new signal at 11th Street that will be added during the project. And pedestrian improvements will be constructed, including sidewalk bulb-outs at signaled intersections.
About $1.6 million of the more than $5.6 million project will be paid by the city.
Jody Patten, of Patten Communications, the public information manager for the project, said underground utility work would take place this fall with most of the resurfacing taking place in the spring. Crews will work into November, weather permitting, and begin again in March or April. Patten said completion is anticipated for June 2010.
"The idea was to try and work around the busy summer tourist season to have the least impact on local businesses," she said.
Patten said most of the work would take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. but that there would be some nighttime work.
Shanks said the contractor will meet with the Department of Transportation today for a pre-construction conference before the public meeting. After the conference, she said more details about project phases, scheduling and traffic control would be available.
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