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Work resumes on New Victory Highway

New Victory Highway could be paved by this summer

Mike Lawrence

— Work on the New Victory Highway is under way and could result in a paved road by the end of summer.

Duckels Construction crews are building retaining walls and conducting grading and culvert work at the future arterial road's intersection with Downhill Drive, on Steamboat's west side. Steamboat Springs Public Works Director Philo Shelton said this summer's construction plans include installations of water lines, road base and pavement. Shelton said the road's initial segment — along with associated sidewalks, landscaping and fencing — is scheduled for completion in summer 2011, stretching behind West Acres Mobile Home Park and providing a loop road to West End Village.

How far the road extends after that is undetermined.

The West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan has long identified the New Victory Highway as a key artery for growth west of Steamboat Springs. The nature of that growth changed drastically last month, when city voters strongly rejected the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation, which the New Victory Highway would have bisected. In the wake of that vote, city officials allowed developers of the proposed 360 Village annexation to postpone the next step in their approval process until October. A third development that the New Victory Highway could service, Overlook Park, remains in the city planning process.

Overlook Park developers spurred the start of New Victory Highway construction in the fall as a stepping-stone to their project's approval.

Some West Acres residents have fought the road's construction and filed a lawsuit to receive compensation for the loss of a greenbelt the road would replace.

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West Acres spokesman Tom Williams could not be reached late Sunday.

Duckels Construction also was awarded a contract for construction this summer at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, but that contract is under protest and subject to Steamboat Springs City Council action Tuesday night.

Owner Fred Duckels said if the base area contract stands, it would not affect his staffing on the New Victory Highway project.

"No, it doesn't have anything to do with it," Duckels said. "We'll have adequate crews."

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