Parking, paving changes in Steamboat today

Downtown traffic patterns shifting with new policies, construction

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Paving information

Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, is providing several sources of information about the U.S. Highway 40 construction project. For daily updates on the project information hot line, 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 here.

— New downtown parking regulations take place today, and the repaving project is scheduled to move east down Lincoln Avenue.

The Steamboat Springs City Council adopted the parking regulations April 20, capping an effort to provide longer downtown parking for shoppers and diners while also meeting the needs of downtown business owners and employees.

The regulations create eight-hour parking zones in public lots at Ninth and Yampa streets, next to Backdoor Sports; at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue, across the alley from City Hall; and in half of the lot on Yampa Street next to the Steamboat Springs Police Department. The other half of that lot will become a three-hour parking zone.

Three-hour parking zones also are created on side streets off Lincoln Avenue, from the alleys to Oak or Yampa streets.

The new regulations also raise fines citywide for parking violations.

Parking in violation of posted signs and safety zones now costs $50, as opposed to the former $25 fine, and parking in handicapped areas costs $100 on every offense.

In the city’s tiered fine structure for other violations, the new regulations give a warning on first offense and charge $25 on the second offense, $50 on the third and $100 on the fourth and every additional offense.

Councilman Kenny Reisman cast the lone vote against the changes because he thought they should not be made until July 1, after construction work ends on the downtown repaving project.

Paving on that project could continue tonight, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Scott Con­tracting is conducting the project for CDOT.

Crews are planning to continue paving at 7 p.m. today, weather permitting, from Ninth to Seventh streets, a news release stated. Traffic from 12th to Seventh streets will be detoured onto Yampa Street tonight if paving continues.

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

Comments

weststmbtres 4 years, 7 months ago

Jody,

How come your updates on the web site are never correct?

http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/us40steamboat/documents/May52010Update.pdf

I got up this morning checked the link and it said I could finally turn at 12th toward Oak. 45 minutes after leaving Stemaboat II I finally made a left turn at 5th street. Why can't you guys get the proper information posted? I would have planned for the mess and left earlier had I known 5th street was the only option.

Get your heads screwed on here. If you want to reduce the traffic mess then keep us informed of what is really happening.

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bandmama 4 years, 7 months ago

Oh man.... My son's birthday today, my bad. I forgot ice cream to go with his cake. (I know, how could a MOTHER make such error?) I was sitting here waiting for quitting time wondering if it is possible to pick up his ice cream at Safeway, and his "special request" pizza from BeauJo's, and get home to the west side of town with a hot pizza and non melted ice cream. I dont think it can be done. HA!

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Amy Harris 4 years, 7 months ago

The same thing happened to me, relying on info in the paper only to find out that 12th St was NOT open as the paper said. Please keep us updated accurately. Another thought--how would an emergency responder get through all that mess before someone with a life threatening emergency dies?? Isn't that a lawsuit waiting to happen?

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Sara Gleason 4 years, 7 months ago

This was the worst commute I've ever had-and I've been rear ended at 3 different stop lights in Salt Lake City. I saw an ambulance headed into town the first week of construction, and it seemed like everyone kept it moving pretty well. I also saw a bunch of firetrucks coming back into town from the west side this morning, not getting through very quickly-are we just keeping them on the west side of town in case? I really think the public might feel a little more confident (but just as impatient) about this construction if they knew that emergency services were just as efficient as they would be otherwise. Because I have to say, if it took me the 35 minutes I spent in traffic this morning to get to YVMC, I'd be pretty upset. On the upside, I finally got my heater working, because it looks like I may need it the next few days.

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