Latest round of traffic and safety improvements installed on Yampa Street
July 16, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Crews with the city of Steamboat Springs’ streets department were busy Wednesday installing the latest round of safety improvements on Yampa Street.
The city has finished installing a new temporary curbline on the street to help delineate parking and keep the bike lane on the roadway clear of vehicles.
“We have it measured out so there’s room for the bike lane and parking,” Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said. “We’re asking people to be as prudent as they can when parking and not to block the bike lane.”
The curbline runs on the riverside portion of Yampa from Sixth to Ninth streets.
Yellow curb stops are in place to designate no parking areas.
The work also creates bulb outs for pedestrians so they can see traffic in the street before attempting to cross.
Drivers may notice that about three parking spots in front of an office building near Sixth and Yampa streets have been removed by the new curbline.
That’s because the addition of the temporary curbline would have required that the city rip up some pavers and other landscaping in front of the business because it encroaches in the city’s right of way.
Anderson said the city will talk with the Steamboat Springs City Council in the coming months about how the changes are working and what any permanent solutions should look like.
Last month, the City Council voted to spend $50,000 to improve safety on Yampa Street and make traffic flow more efficiently.
The temporary curb is one of the more noticeable changes coming from that budget.
Others include the lengthening of parking enforcement hours from 6 to 10 p.m. and the designation of loading and unloading zones near businesses.
Public Safety Director Joel Rae told the council Tuesday night that the city was communicating with delivery companies to make drop offs safer and more efficient.
The city also is looking into stringing some festival style LED lights on a portion of the street.