Steamboat Springs residents Michele Friedmann and Adam Heuerman ride their bikes Monday across Lincoln Avenue in front of paving equipment parked at Fifth Street. Officials hope to have the intersection reopened by the end of this week, in time for the Steamboat Marathon on Sunday.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs residents Michele Friedmann and Adam Heuerman ride their bikes Monday across Lincoln Avenue in front of paving equipment parked at Fifth Street. Officials hope to have the intersection reopened by the end of this week, in time for the Steamboat Marathon on Sunday.

Road construction in Steamboat set to resume today

Project to continue through June before stopping for summer tourist season

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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.

— The downtown U.S. Highway 40 construction project was scheduled to resume this morning after Scott Contracting was contractually obligated to not work during Memorial Day weekend.

One of this week’s project goals is to open the Fifth Street intersection by Sunday for the Steamboat Marathon finish on the Routt County Courthouse lawn, project spokeswoman Jody Patten said.

“Our plan and expectation is to get it open for the marathon,” she said.

The construction project to replace the existing asphalt with concrete from Third to 13th streets on Lincoln Avenue will continue through June 30 before it’s suspended for the height of the summer tourism season. It is scheduled to resume Sept. 1 with a contractual completion date of Nov. 12, though city officials are negotiating with Scott Contracting to delay the restart of work until after the Labor Day holiday in early September.

In addition to the opening of Fifth Street this week, Patten said 10th Street is expected to be open today for access from Oak Street, but left turns won’t be allowed onto 10th from Lincoln Avenue.

She said left turn access from Lincoln Avenue is expected to be open Wednesday at Seventh and Ninth streets when the project’s fourth phase begins to replace the asphalt from west of 13th Street to east of 11th Street on the south side of Lincoln. When Phase 4 begins, 11th and 12th streets will be closed.

During the beginning of Phase 4, Patten said 13th Street would be closed and that drivers would have to use the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge via to access Bud Werner Memorial Library and Twentymile Road (Routt County Road 33). Patten said 13th could be closed for a week or longer.

Also, the Third Street intersection is expected to be closed for at least another week, Patten said. She said Lincoln Avenue would be closed for overnight paving from Fifth to Third streets from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. She also said drivers should expect delays between 3 and 6 a.m. Friday for crews to move the concrete paver.

Patten said pedestrians and cyclists should use the crosswalks at Fifth, Seventh and Ninth streets, which are marked with purple flags. She asked that people not cross Lincoln Avenue elsewhere in the construction zone.

Phase 4 is expected to be completed by June 30, when the project is contractually obligated to stop until September, Patten said. At that time, Lincoln Avenue would be cleaned off and drivable in all lanes until the project resumes.

Patten said the some local business owners have asked the city to suspend the restart date until after Labor Day weekend, but the proposal still is being considered. If that was approved by the City Council, Patten said Scott Contracting could make up the lost time by working overtime this month.

“We basically need every day of work to make sure we finish in the event we run into some really bad weather in the fall,” she said.

If Scott Contracting doesn’t complete the project by Nov. 12, the company faces daily fines.

The last public meeting before the construction stops is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 17 at Centennial Hall. For more information, call the project hotline at 819-7008.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com

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