Traffic backs up on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs because of summer roadwork. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to resurface U.S. 40 east and west of downtown this summer as part of a $6 million project.

Photo by John F. Russell

Traffic backs up on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs because of summer roadwork. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to resurface U.S. 40 east and west of downtown this summer as part of a $6 million project.

Major paving project scheduled this summer for US Highway 40 in Steamboat

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— The Colorado Department of Transportation this summer plans to embark on a project that should make driving through Steamboat Springs a little smoother.

CDOT has budgeted to spend $6 million on a resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 40 where it runs between Snow Bowl Plaza and 13th Street, and between Third Street and the pullout near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass.

According to a synopsis of the project presented to the Steamboat Springs City Council this week, it will add a 2-inch asphalt overlay on the highway in those areas as well as on 50 feet of all the city side streets where they intersect with U.S. 40.

Other project highlights include some spot leveling east of town and the addition of some pedestrian ramps, sidewalk connections and safety enhancements at highway intersections that are not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The city also has identified pedestrian safety enhancements at the Dream Island transit stop as another potential part of the project.

Construction is scheduled to start in July.

City staff said they voiced concern to CDOT about the negative impact the paving could have during the height of the city's busy summer tourist season.

As a result, CDOT agreed to delay major construction on the east side of the city until after Aug. 15.

The project is estimated to last six to eight weeks.

The paving east and west of downtown follows significant paving projects already done on Lincoln Avenue downtown in recent years.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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