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City of Steamboat Springs installs signs to prevent jaywalking on downtown streets

Steamboat Springs employee Dave Burton installs a sign at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue on Thursday afternoon. The sign directs pedestrians to cross Lincoln at intersections where a traffic light is present.

— The city of Steamboat Springs is hoping some new signage solves a jaywalking problem downtown at Sixth and Tenth streets.

Pedestrians often choose to cross at these busy intersections with Lincoln Avenue despite the absence of a traffic signal or crosswalk.

The city calls it an ongoing safety concern.

To dissuade people from crossing the highway at these intersections, the city recently installed signs instructing pedestrians not to cross.

Public works employees who were installing some of the signs Thursday said they saw families with strollers continuing to try to cross.

“It’s dangerous,” Dave Burton said as he tightened the bolts on one of the new signs.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation will not allow any more traffic signals on Lincoln Avenue.

The new crossing restriction follows other recent efforts by the city to improve pedestrian safety downtown.

Last month, the speed limit on Yampa Street was reduced from 30 to 15 mph.

The city also plans to convert some parallel parking spaces on the street to angled back-in spaces.

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