Parking, paving changes in Steamboat today |

Parking, paving changes in Steamboat today

Downtown traffic patterns shifting with new policies, construction

Mike Lawrence

— New downtown parking regulations take place today, and the repaving project is scheduled to move east down Lincoln Avenue.

The Steamboat Springs City Council adopted the parking regulations April 20, capping an effort to provide longer downtown parking for shoppers and diners while also meeting the needs of downtown business owners and employees.

The regulations create eight-hour parking zones in public lots at Ninth and Yampa streets, next to Backdoor Sports; at 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue, across the alley from City Hall; and in half of the lot on Yampa Street next to the Steamboat Springs Police Department. The other half of that lot will become a three-hour parking zone.

Three-hour parking zones also are created on side streets off Lincoln Avenue, from the alleys to Oak or Yampa streets.

The new regulations also raise fines citywide for parking violations.

Parking in violation of posted signs and safety zones now costs $50, as opposed to the former $25 fine, and parking in handicapped areas costs $100 on every offense.

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In the city's tiered fine structure for other violations, the new regulations give a warning on first offense and charge $25 on the second offense, $50 on the third and $100 on the fourth and every additional offense.

Councilman Kenny Reisman cast the lone vote against the changes because he thought they should not be made until July 1, after construction work ends on the downtown repaving project.

Paving on that project could continue tonight, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Scott Con­tracting is conducting the project for CDOT.

Crews are planning to continue paving at 7 p.m. today, weather permitting, from Ninth to Seventh streets, a news release stated. Traffic from 12th to Seventh streets will be detoured onto Yampa Street tonight if paving continues.

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4233 or e-mail

Paving information

Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, is providing several sources of information about the U.S. Highway 40 construction project. For daily updates on the project information hot line, call 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.”

For more information, visit the project website here.

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