Paving in Steamboat slated to begin today |

Paving in Steamboat slated to begin today

Weather not expected to delay resurfacing project on U.S. 40 through downtown

Jack Weinstein

— The weekend's snowfall isn't expected to delay the start of the U.S. Highway 40 repaving project, Scott Contracting's Jody Patten said Sunday.

Last week, Colorado De­­part­ment of Transportation officials said snowfall could postpone the start of work on Lincoln Avenue through downtown Steamboat Springs. But Patten said there hasn't been enough snow in the past few days to delay the $5.6 million repaving project, which will replace Lincoln Avenue's asphalt surface with concrete from 13th to Third streets. The city of Steamboat Springs is paying $1.6 million of the project cost.

Despite snow that fell during the weekend and is forecast through Wednesday, work was slated to begin at 7 a.m. today between 13th and 11th streets on the north side of Lincoln Avenue.

The repaving project also includes installation of storm drains at Third and Fifth streets, a fiber optic conduit for traffic signals, concrete bump-outs at each intersection, colored crosswalks, a new traffic signal at 11th Street, and curb and gutter work.

The construction will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend and night work possible. Traffic will flow in one lane in both directions with limited closures to Lincoln Avenue overnight starting April 13, according to a weekly e-mail update from CDOT. Work will move in overlapping phases along Lincoln Avenue's north side to Third Street, then return to 13th Street and move along the street's south side to Third Street.

Patten, Scott Contracting's project information manager, said the goal is to complete the seven-phase project by June 30.

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"If we have the weather working with us, we can stay on this schedule," Patten said. "If we get a lot of wet water on the roadway, that will be our biggest enemy."

The project began in the fall, when underground work was completed to utilities and storm sewer pipes to improve drainage.

During the first phase of this spring's project, Patten said, drivers will not be able to make a left turn from westbound Lincoln Avenue onto 13th Street. She said alternative parking for Bud Werner Memorial Library would be available at 12th and Yampa streets at Little Toots Park and at Dream Island Plaza off Lincoln Avenue at West Lincoln Park. There also won't be left turns at 13th or 12th streets, according to the CDOT e-mail update.

The e-mail provided several travel tips, including:

■ Parents are en­­couraged to carpool to schools or have their children ride a school bus

■ Downtown work­­ers are en­­cour­aged to park in outlying lots and walk, or take free Steamboat Springs Transit buses to work, to free up parking for downtown customers

■ Cyclists should continue using bike lanes on Oak and Yampa streets while crossing Lincoln at designated pedestrian crossings

The e-mail also stated that because left turns onto 13th will be prohibited, Fairview neighborhood residents and employees in the Twentymile Road business area are asked to detour to the James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge.

Patten added that drivers also are encouraged to eliminate unnecessary left turns throughout the duration of the project.

"We're just encouraging people to be considerate and do everything they can to get traffic through downtown," she said. "We're going to try to work with everybody to make this as smooth as possible."

For updates, or more information, call the project information hotline at 970-819-7008. Or sign up for the weekly CDOT e-mail updates by going to and clicking on the "Sign up for E-mail and Wireless Alerts" link in the upper right corner.

Public meetings also will be held every other week throughout the duration of the project at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in Centennial Hall.

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Jody Patten, project information manager for Scott Contracting, is providing several sources of information about the downtown repaving project that begins today. She will give updates at least daily on the project information hot line, 970-819-7008. A map of the coming week’s work zones will be in a newspaper ad each Friday. The map also will be sent via e-mail.

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, go the project Web site here.

Public meetings will be held every other week throughout the duration of the project at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays in Centennial Hall.

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