Construction work completed for the season on U.S. 40 in west Steamboat | SteamboatToday.com

Construction work completed for the season on U.S. 40 in west Steamboat

Drivers wait in a long line of traffic at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Elk River Road this summer.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — After a long summer of road construction in west Steamboat and at the Elk River Road intersection, work has officially been completed for the season.

The project caused extensive delays, and cars were backed up past 13th Street at times.

It also negatively impacted businesses, which saw a drop in sales because customers were avoiding the area.

There is some work to be completed in the spring, but the impacts should be minimal.

Workers still need to install final inlaid striping and traffic markings, sidewalk work, guardrail, fencing and landscaping.

The project cost $6.9 million.

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The city of Steamboat contributed $877,900.

The Elk River intersection was completely reconstructed, and additional lanes were added.

New signals were installed, and the project added a total of 1,800 feet of new sidewalk between Shield Drive and Riverside Plaza.

There were also improvements to shouldering, drainage and curb ramps that added wheelchair accessibility.

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