Steamboat Springs With winter fast approaching, it’s crunch time for local construction projects.
And some of the biggest ones in the city are finishing up on schedule despite some challenging weather conditions in recent weeks.
The road project perhaps most visible to Steamboat Springs residents was completed Friday morning when Native Excavating finished renovating the medians on U.S. Highway 40.
Thanks to a funding partnership between the city of Steamboat and the base area’s Urban Redevelopment Authority Advisory Committee, the unkempt medians at the city’s southern entrance were redone to include landscaping.
The wrap up of the work also means there will be no more lane closures on the highway near Pine Grove Road.
Ed MacArthur, President of Native Excavating, said crews still made their target completion date after losing four to five workdays to inclement weather.
The city received 21 inches of snow in October.
Anne Small, the city’s director of general services, said the city will host a ribbon cutting for the medians Tuesday.
Meanwhile, other projects are wrapping up during what typically are the final weeks of road work season.
The water main replacement project on Pine Street that has resulted in detours this summer is nearly finished.
Connell Resources plans to do some final paving on the street as soon as Saturday, and then the road can reopen.
The city also has just opened Owl Hoot Trail, the road servicing the new Casey’s Pond.
In late August, the city opened, Lagoon Court, the road that recently was paved to the skateboard and bike jump parks at Bear River Park in west Steamboat.
Even as the snow starts to fly, some other projects will continue.
Steamboat Ski Area reported last month its $1 million project to install lights on the lower mountain was on schedule to allow night skiing before the start of the holiday season.
Work also continues on the expansion of the Holy Name Catholic Church in downtown Steamboat.
Rabbit Ears Pass work to be suspended
The Colorado Department of Transportation's work on a section of U.S. Highway 40 on the east side of Rabbit Ears Pass will be suspended until spring. The $3.1 million project previously was scheduled for completion in November, but work will suspend by Nov. 8.
The work is being done to contain what CDOT officials have called an active landslide and to prevent the need for constant work on the roadway.
“It’s at the point where weather is playing a factor in our final work on the roadway surface repairs,” CDOT Project Engineer Justin Kuhn said in a news release. “We will ensure the surface is in good condition for the winter but will return next spring to complete the full-depth repairs."
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