Photo by John F. Russell
Traffic backs up on 13th Street between the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge and Lincoln Avenue on Monday morning. Construction officials said they will implement left-turn lanes for eastbound Lincoln Avenue traffic at 12th and Third streets to help with traffic flow.
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 from 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.”
Steamboat Springs The intersections where Lincoln Avenue meets Third and 12th streets will have designated left-turn lanes for eastbound traffic after construction work resulted in significant backups in both directions Monday.
Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said workers realized the need for the turn lanes because eastbound traffic repeatedly was stopped as drivers attempted to turn left to access Oak Street and elsewhere in Old Town.
If completed in time, today also will be the first day the 12th Street intersection will be open since construction began. Even so, drivers coming from the north side of 12th Street will not be allowed to turn left onto Lincoln Avenue.
Left turns also will be prohibited from eastbound Lincoln Avenue onto Fifth Street as part of an effort to keep traffic moving.
Westbound traffic on Lincoln Avenue can turn left to access Yampa Street only at Fifth, Seventh and 12th streets, according to a project update.
Shanks said the construction project with Scott Contracting is 2 1/2 weeks behind schedule. She said the likely reason is the weather. Work continued during the weekend in anticipation of bad weather for the remainder of this week.
“The weather, of course, has been awful; it has slowed them, but they’re doing everything they can,” she said.
She said crews are trying to manage their time to work 40 hours in a week no matter what the weather by working overtime on nice days and weekends. Even so, Shanks said the construction crews probably will end up working up until the June 30 deadline. She said they will leave the streets drivable at that time, and then will resume work on Sept. 1.
“There are always weather days in every project, but for goodness sakes, we’re in May here,” Shanks said Monday, referring to the spring snow that has fallen in Steamboat during the past two weeks.
All downtown U.S. 40 work must be completed by Nov. 12 if Scott Contracting is to avoid a daily fine.