Scott Contracting workers pour concrete for curbs and gutters near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Scott Contracting workers pour concrete for curbs and gutters near Third Street and Lincoln Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Nighttime closures expected for Lincoln construction in Steamboat

US Highway 40 to be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday

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Fish Creek Falls Road update

Construction crews opened Fish Creek Falls Road at Third Street on Monday after a two-week closure to build a pedestrian underpass. The underpass will allow for the connection of the Spring Creek Trail from Amethyst Drive to the Old Town Hot Springs. City Public Works Director Philo Shelton said the next step is to pour the concrete for the new sidewalk, reinforce the banks of Spring Creek where trees were removed and build a guardrail. He said crews have about three more weeks of work if the weather holds. There will be no road closures for the project aside from a shoulder closure for the guardrail project.

— U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat Springs will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights to allow construction crews to grind for inlaid pavement markings on the new concrete road.

Traffic will be redirected to Oak Street between Third Street and 11th Street during the closures, Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said.

“It’s to keep crews working so we can stay on track for getting Lincoln open,” Shanks said. “The top goal right now is beating the weather.”

Cody Patterson, project superintendent for Scott Contracting, said a new traffic pattern would be necessary for the inlaid pavement marking installation scheduled for next week.

There will be lane closures from Third to 13th streets and minor delays Monday morning, he said.

However, the expected opening of westbound and eastbound left turns will be a bright spot for many downtown businesses affected by the construction on the south side of Lincoln Avenue.

Monday likely will see the opening of westbound left turns at Fifth, Seventh, 11th and 13th streets, improving access to Yampa Street.

After the nighttime closures for the inlaid pavement marking installation, Shanks said she is optimistic that parts of Lincoln Avenue could open the first week of October barring weather events or equipment failures.

Patterson said wet weather this week didn’t have a significant effect on the project’s progression. Crews work slightly slower on days when rain threatens, but he said the project still is ahead of schedule.

As of Friday, the mainline concrete pouring as well as parking lanes had been completed. The deadline to finish the project is Nov. 18.

“After that one week of striping, if it goes well and doesn’t falter, we’ll start opening it up,” Patterson said. “We’ve got a lot of things left to do, but if it keeps progressing and everything comes together, we’ll be in good shape."

Construction schedule

Today

■ Asphalt paving just east of Third Street eastbound lanes (transition from concrete to asphalt)

Sunday (Full night closure)

Paint crew will start grinding at night for inlaid pavement markings. There will be a full road closure from Third Street to 11th Street from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.; traffic will be detoured to Oak Street.

Monday (Partial night closure)

■ New traffic control layout (Third through 13th); expect delays Monday morning. Traffic will be moved to the outside lanes in each direction to allow the paint crew room to install the inlaid pavement markings. Lanes will reopen as soon as the work is finished.

■ Concrete hand pours at Fourth and Third, south side and sidewalk between Ninth and Seventh

■ Patterned concrete at 10th and Ninth bump-outs, south side of road

■ Paint crew installing inlaid pavement markings

■ Westbound left turns will be open at Fifth, Seventh, 11th and 13th streets

■ Eastbound left turn will be open at 12th, Seventh and Fifth streets

Tuesday (Night closure)

■ Concrete hand pours on sidewalk between Seventh and Fifth

■ Pattern concrete at Ninth and Eighth street bump-outs

■ Paint crew installing inlaid pavement markings

Wednesday (Night closure possible)

■ Concrete hand pours sidewalk between Fifth and Third streets

■ Patterned concrete at Eighth and Seventh street bump-outs

■ Paint crew installing inlaid pavement markings

Thursday

■ Concrete hand pours, miscellaneous areas

■ Pattern concrete at Seventh and Sixth street bump-outs

■ Paint crew installing inlaid pavement markings

Friday

■ Concrete hand pours and cleanup

■ Patterned concrete at Sixth and Fifth street bump-outs

■ Paint crew finish installing inlaid pavement markings

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