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Downtown Steamboat paving work behind schedule

Cold, wet weather sets road project back about a week

Mike Lawrence

Jesus Casillas uses a backhoe to tear out the curb along Lincoln Avenue on Monday afternoon in downtown Steamboat Springs. Crews were preparing to resume paving last night.

— Crews on the downtown repaving project will need a little help from above to get back on track with their goal of finishing before July 1.

Cold, wet weather has placed work a week to 10 days behind schedule, Jody Patten said Monday. Patten is the project information manager for Scott Contracting, which is conducting the repaving and road improvement project on Lincoln Avenue from 13th to Third streets for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Paving was slated to resume last night from 12th Street to just east of the 11th Street intersection, closing Lincoln Avenue to all traffic between Seventh and 12th streets until 7 a.m. today. Patten said crews would detour traffic to Yampa Street during the closure.

Scott Contracting will receive an $80,000 bonus if it completes the entire project before July 1. Work will stop June 30 regardless of completion, with work sites cleared and roads drivable for summer tourism season. Scott would finish uncompleted work during fall. Weather at the project's start this spring has not been optimal.

"We're a week to a week and a half behind because of weather and having to adjust schedules because of weather," Patten said. "What's holding us up is when we get that combination of wet and cold."

Overtime hours also have factored in the work's progress, she said.

"We were at 55 hours (of overtime) last week. That was when we decided we couldn't work on Friday and Saturday," she said.

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Today and tonight could provide optimal weather for the project, with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecasting clear skies into Wed­nesday. But chances of rain and snow are forecast Wednesday night through Friday, presenting potentially problematic paving conditions.

City public works engineer Ben Beall said the Seventh Street intersection could close later this week, as crews prepare that section of road for the paving machine that's lumbering eastward on Lincoln's north side. Beall said crews are two to three weeks away from closing the Third Street intersection and noted that as intersections on Lincoln's east side close, intersections on the west side will open up.

"We have to get 11th Street open before we close Third Street," he said.

Beall said the "most impactful" phase of work will occur when intersections from 10th to Third streets are closed, meaning drivers on Lincoln Avenue downtown will only be able to access Oak Street from 11th or 12th streets.

"We're reminding people about the Hilltop (Parkway) connector," Beall said, referring to the road off U.S. Highway 40 east of downtown that provides access to Old Town via Tamarack Drive and Fish Creek Falls Road.

Patten and Beall said that although there has been some frustration from drivers and some speeding through work zones — where the speed limit is 20 mph — overall, people largely have been respectful of the construction process.

"The vast majority (of people) have been really cooperative," Beall said.

The next public meeting about the repaving project is May 20 in Centennial Hall on 10th Street. Beall said the past two meetings were very sparsely attended, causing the cancelation of a meeting scheduled before May 20.

For more

Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, is providing several sources of information about the U.S. Highway 40 construction project. She will give updates on the project information hot line, 970-819-7008. To sign up for e-mail updates on the project, visit and click on the “Sign up for E-mail and Wireless Alerts” link in the upper right corner. Enter an e-mail address, select the appropriate updates and click “Submit.” If you already receive Patten’s e-mail updates, you do not need to sign up online.

For more information, visit the project website at People with questions or suggestions about the project also can call city engineer Ben Beall at 970-871-8293.

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