Local officials, from left, Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, City Manager Jon Roberts, state Sen. Al White and Colorado Transportation Commissioner George Krawzoff meet with Scott Contracting and Colorado Department of Transportation officials Tuesday at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue to discuss the downtown repaving project.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Local officials, from left, Steamboat Springs City Council President Cari Hermacinski, Public Works Director Philo Shelton, City Manager Jon Roberts, state Sen. Al White and Colorado Transportation Commissioner George Krawzoff meet with Scott Contracting and Colorado Department of Transportation officials Tuesday at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue to discuss the downtown repaving project.

No paving work before Labor Day at no cost to Steamboat

Fall deadline pushed to Nov. 18


Paving information

For daily updates on the U.S. Highway 40 construction project, call 970-819-7008. To sign up for e-mail updates on the project, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the “Sign up for E-mail and Wireless Alerts” link in the upper right corner. Enter an e-mail address, select the appropriate updates and click “Submit.” For more information, visit the project website.

— City officials reached an agreement Tuesday that will result in downtown paving work not resuming until after Labor Day at no additional cost to Steamboat Springs. As part of the deal, the project’s completion deadline will be pushed back to Nov. 18.

Scott Contracting and the Colorado Department of Trans­portation supported the deal with Steamboat Springs City Council, which voted, 6-0, to request no work be conducted from Sept. 1 to 3, the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, in exchange for moving the project’s completion date from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18. Councilman Scott Myller was absent Tuesday.

Several high-level representatives of Scott Contracting and CDOT attended the meeting at Centennial Hall, which also was attended by state Sen. Al White, R-Hayden.

The $5.6 million downtown paving and improvement project is scheduled to close access to 13th Street today while opening intersections on Lincoln Avenue’s north side at 10th, Ninth and Eighth streets, CDOT project engineer Justin Kuhn said.

City Council President Cari Hermacinski said adding six work days in November, in exchange for subtracting three in September, makes sense because of shorter days and the chance of snow in late fall.

“We see that as an acceptable alternative,” Barton Puryear, Scott Contracting operations manager, said about the agreement.

“CDOT is also agreeable to adding days on the end,” added CDOT engineer Dave Schneider.

White said the deal, intended to help downtown businesses capitalize on the final big weekend of summer tourism, “makes a lot of sense from a commercial standpoint, and I would certainly urge CDOT and the contractor to consider that.”

City Public Works Director Philo Shelton left the door open to some tweaks to the agreement, such as crews possibly conducting some set-up work that wouldn’t affect traffic in the first days of September, before resuming full-scale work after Labor Day.

Shelton said he is working on a $1 per month lease agreement to use the empty lot at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, on Lincoln’s south side, for public parking this summer and a staging area for crews in the fall.

Scott Contract­ing would face daily fines if the work is not completed by Nov. 18 under the new agreement. Those fines would start at $3,400 a day, CDOT regional program engineer Dave Eller said, and also would include traffic control costs that could double the daily fine amount.

Former contractor Tony Connell said betting on November construction is a tough gamble.

“To say that you’re going to do work in November is really dicey,” Connell said. “In some years, we had work scheduled, and it started snowing on Nov. 1. … That’s going to be a risky time.”

Cody Patterson, Scott’s site supervisor, said Tuesday he has “no reason to believe” the job won’t get done by the fall deadline.

Councilman Kenny Reisman shared Connell’s doubts about fall weather, though, saying “it’s foolhardy to think those days will be of use.” Reisman suggested that if CDOT has funds for extra fall days they could be used for overtime now, while crews are working and the weather likely is better.

Eller and Schneider said the added November expenditure might not be necessary at all.

“It’s a waste of money to pay them overtime now if they’re going to meet the contract anyway,” Schneider said.

Eller noted that taking chances on the weather is the result of conducting no work during July and August, which has long been the No. 1 goal stated by the city, downtown businesses and Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.

“No one talked about starting Aug. 15,” Eller said.

Also Tuesday, City Council:

■ Postponed indefinitely a proposal to build executive hangars at Steamboat Springs Airport because Dallas-based MSF Development withdrew its application

■ Unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would approve agreements related to land needed for construction of Gossard Parkway

■ Approved, 5-0, the preliminary plat for consolidation of two Old Town lots related to a potential future expansion of Lowell Whiteman Primary School, with Hermacinski stepping down from the discussion and vote.

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4233 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com


steamboatsprings 6 years, 10 months ago

Great news!! We need a good holiday weekend before Fall.


1999 6 years, 10 months ago

I would imagine Mr White has far more pressing matters to attend to than to play a part in Cari Hermacinski's showboating.

blind leading the blind is pretty accurate



Ken Reed 6 years, 10 months ago

George, this seems like a reasonable approach, thanks for your efforts.


rexrox77 6 years, 10 months ago

So they are just going to leave us with this disgusting mess and traffic snarl all summer, just the way it is? THIS IS IDIOTIC AND TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!! THE PROJECT WAS NOT EVEN NECESSARY IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND DID CITY COUNCIL EVER ASK US, THE TAXPAYERS, IF WE WANTED THIS MESS AND EXPENSE?




TWill 6 years, 10 months ago

CALM DOWN REX!!! Typing in all caps with excessive punctuation isn't good for your health. The project wasn't requested by city council. CDOT called for this to happen years ago.

And George, what is in the bag?


Clay Ogden 6 years, 10 months ago

Rex ... with any luck 75% of the concrete will be down before they leave the end of this month. All 4 lanes will be open and they'll have asphalt transitions between the new and old road sections. As mentioned above ... the drivers of this project are the folks at CDOT.


seeuski 6 years, 10 months ago

Real men carry Glocks. Don't hang yourself we didn't mean all the things we said.


Fred Duckels 6 years, 10 months ago

I'm glad this worked out but I wouldn't trade three days in September for a month in November. On the other hand CDOT can work the time out if good effort is forthcoming, in this case I think that wouild be the case.


rexrox77 6 years, 10 months ago

OK, great, but I will believe it when I see it. It will be nice to be able to get across town in this lifetime, and women in labor can actually make it to the hospital in time. While we are fixing roads, please repave the stretch by the junior high school, it is nasty!

Why do you carry a gun in Steamboat?, nobody has been shot here since 1993, and he was married to the Black Widow. Real men don't need guns, they are not paranoid.


bandmama 6 years, 10 months ago

First of all, George never said the rope was for him. Second of all, (and Congrats to Mr. and Mrs Ward!!! What a story to tell later!) She was 9 days overdue, she showered and he tried to walk the dog around 4am, the 911 call for the Bus didn't go throught till 6:39, so really it wasn't the traffic that caused such a memorable story to tell the young man some day. (you never know about these things babies come when THEY decide!) George, forget the sunglasses case, wear the shades 24/7 to continue the mystique......


rexrox77 6 years, 10 months ago

Sarah Palin is so intelligent, she thinks Africa is a country.

She destroyed any chance McCain had to win, but nobody was happier to see her running than Obama!


John Fielding 6 years, 10 months ago


I think now you realize you should not have declassified that item and are trying to make us think there is not a gun in the bag. Nice try but I don't buy it.



rexrox77 6 years, 10 months ago

George, Sorry I went off about leaving a big mess, but the article says nothing about finishing the north side of the street. It sounded to me like they are packing up tomorrow and leaving it as it is. Mike Lawrence should include much more info to avoid misunderstandings, in big cities many projects lay dormant for years, often both ugly and in the way.

Didn't we just have downtown Lincoln Avenue work last fall that was barely done before the snow? Also, cement is great until it starts to crack up. In eastern Europe and our east coast rust belt old cement is all over, I just hope Lincoln Avenue doesn't resemble an old Polish or Pennslyvania highway in 10 years or so. You can actually catch air at 25 MPH on the cracked cement on some of them, not good for safety or your vehicle!


exduffer 6 years, 10 months ago

And on the seventh day God rested and looked over all of her creations.


Kevin Nerney 6 years, 10 months ago

George, no need to apologize for the gun comment. This is the wild west isn't it? Last I checked it's legal to carry not concealed, and concealed with the proper permit. Just don't bring it into city buildings.


blue_spruce 6 years, 10 months ago

"...My man-purse contains a Mac, windbreaker, case for my sunglasses, Taurus 9 mm, recording device, length of rope, and some classified items...."

thanks, i needed that! LOL


sledneck 6 years, 10 months ago

An armed community is a polite community. Let us, therefore, for the good of the community, heavily arm ourselves and others! And let us not carry concealed, for it is the open display of arms that humbles the hearts of men. And further, let us not carry just one. For if God, in his wisdom, gave us two hands it was surley for the purpose of balance.


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