Work on the New Victory Highway is under way and could result in a paved road by the end of summer.

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Work on the New Victory Highway is under way and could result in a paved road by the end of summer.

Work resumes on New Victory Highway

New Victory Highway could be paved by this summer

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— Work on the New Victory Highway is under way and could result in a paved road by the end of summer.

Duckels Construction crews are building retaining walls and conducting grading and culvert work at the future arterial road’s intersection with Downhill Drive, on Steamboat’s west side. Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Philo Shelton said this summer’s construction plans include installations of water lines, road base and pavement. Shelton said the road’s initial segment — along with associated sidewalks, landscaping and fencing — is scheduled for completion in summer 2011, stretching behind West Acres Mobile Home Park and providing a loop road to West End Village.

How far the road extends after that is undetermined.

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan has long identified the New Victory Highway as a key artery for growth west of Steamboat Springs. The nature of that growth changed drastically last month, when city voters strongly rejected the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation, which the New Victory Highway would have bisected. In the wake of that vote, city officials allowed developers of the proposed 360 Village annexation to postpone the next step in their approval process until October. A third development that the New Victory Highway could service, Overlook Park, remains in the city planning process.

Overlook Park developers spurred the start of New Victory Highway construction in the fall as a stepping-stone to their project’s approval.

Some West Acres residents have fought the road’s construction and filed a lawsuit to receive compensation for the loss of a greenbelt the road would replace.

West Acres spokesman Tom Williams could not be reached late Sunday.

Duckels Construction also was awarded a contract for construction this summer at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, but that contract is under protest and subject to Steamboat Springs City Council action Tuesday night.

Owner Fred Duckels said if the base area contract stands, it would not affect his staffing on the New Victory Highway project.

“No, it doesn’t have anything to do with it,” Duckels said. “We’ll have adequate crews.”

Comments

Zac Brennan 4 years, 6 months ago

Will this road tie into US 40 over near Sleepy Bear Park? It appears to simply terminate out in a field at this point. Is there any way it can relieve some of the congestion at 40 and 129? What purpose does it serve?

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mmjPatient22 4 years, 6 months ago

Questions? Wait, aren't we all just supposed to be going along with all this?

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oldskoolstmbt 4 years, 6 months ago

"we're on a road to nowhere...come on inside" ~ the talking heads

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weststmbtres 4 years, 6 months ago

Did anyone read the story or look at a map before commenting? There is a piece of property west of sleepy bear and WEV that is in the City limits. It's commonly referred to as the Overlook parcel. Used to be owned by a company named Sherlon. There are approximately 240 home sites slated for development that will use this road. This is the infill we were all calling for when S700 was still in the fight. It also falls in the WSSAP and I believe it will be proof that the S700 voters did the right thing. It took 10 years to sell this many lots in Heritage Park and Silver Spur. Closer proximity to town will probably make these lots sell a bit quicker but there's not much reason to believe it will happen at a pace much faster than that.

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weststmbtres 4 years, 6 months ago

My brain says oen thing my fingers another. My reference to Sleepy Bear should have been West Acres.

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TWill 4 years, 6 months ago

And the question still remains unanswered... who is paying for it?

Fred, can you shed some light for us? The name should be in the top left corner of the checks you're getting.

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Mike Lawrence 4 years, 6 months ago

Hi TWill,

Overlook Development, the city and the county all are paying a share of the $1.3 million first phase of the road's construction. Tom Ross explained the costs in this November story: ttp://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/2009/nov/10/new-victory-highway-work-under-way/ The story includes these paragraphs: Steamboat Realtor Norbert Turek, who has taken the lead in bringing Overlook Park through the city planning process, confirmed that developer Jay Weinberg contracted with Duckels Construction to begin the road work. “We’ve been working on this for six years,” Turek said. “We need the road to get our final approval. We put it out to bid; Duckels (Construction) won the bid...” During a Sept. 16 public hearing in which West Acres residents expressed their displeasure with how close the road comes to their neighborhood, the City Council promised to explore the possibility of freezing the road project. However, city staff attorney Dan Foote said Monday that in his opinion, the city was bound by a November 2008 cost-sharing agreement on the funding of the project to allow the construction to proceed and to reimburse the Overlook developers for the city’s majority share of the $1.3 million first phase. ... Turek said his company paid for all of the engineering for the first phase of the road and will pay one-eleventh of the cost of construction. The city, with $500,000 from Routt County, will pay the balance. Turek said the original plan for Overlook was to gain access off U.S. Highway 40 and through West End Village, but it was the city that insisted on his development’s participation in New Victory Highway.

Hope that helps. Call me anytime.

Mike Lawrence Reporter Steamboat Pilot & Today 970-871-4233 mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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