City workers this week were working to stabilize the banks along Soda Creek on the north side of Lincoln Avenue.

Photo by Matt Stensland

City workers this week were working to stabilize the banks along Soda Creek on the north side of Lincoln Avenue.

Steamboat Public Works crews tackling projects

Soda Creek bank stabilization and 13th Street water line efforts continue

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— Crews still have about two weeks left of work to do on the Soda Creek project on the east side of Lincoln Avenue, weather permitting, Public Works Director Philo Shelton said Friday.

The project to stabilize the creek wall, which includes the installation of a guardrail there, started in late September on the west side of Lincoln Avenue. On that side of the street, an old retaining wall next to where the Lockhart Auction and Realty Co. building stood before it was demolished to make way for the library expansion was removed and the bank was reinforced.

Shelton said similar work to reinforce the creek wall is taking place on the east side of Lincoln Avenue, where years of high water flows have eroded it. He said crews are building a retaining wall that should be completed next week.

After the wall is done, Shelton said crews would begin repairing the street.

City Engineer Ben Beall said that the way the creek slopes, its bank had to be pushed back to get the vertical retaining wall in and to add the guardrail.

Shelton said the guardrail installation wasn’t in a response to a resident falling into the creek and drowning in June. John Noonan was trying to get on or off of his bike when he fell into the creek.

“Over the years, we’ve had cars slide off into there,” Shelton said. “By having a guardrail there, it will be a safety improvement.”

Shelton added that the $85,000 project, paid from the city’s Capital Projects Fund, had been planned for several years.

The Soda Creek bank stabilization isn’t the only Public Works project under way.

Shelton said crews are working to replace a water main and 8-inch pipe with 12-inch PVC pipe that runs along 13th Street. That project started about two weeks ago. Traffic has been limited to one lane on sections of the street.

He said corrosion led to four or five water line breaks last year. The $1.5 million project is scheduled to stop before winter and pick up next spring with replacement of the water line behind the Depot Art Center.

The water line runs along 13th before heading by ProBuild and parallel to the Yampa River Core Trail before getting to the Depot.

Shelton said the project also includes installation of a storm culvert near Mountain Mattress & Furniture. He said it should help mitigate some of the flooding issues experienced there last spring.

“We’ve got aging infrastructure, and we’re trying to get it addressed,” Shelton said.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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