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Expect more delays in west Steamboat as crews put finishing touches on paving project

Traffic backs up on U.S. Highway 40 west of downtown Steamboat Springs during a road construction project in 2014.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Construction crews in west Steamboat Springs are taking advantage of the sunny, warm weather to put the finishing touches on the major roadwork near the Elk River Road intersection.

But the latest push means drivers should expect to see some more delays as some lanes are closed.

Crews are specifically smoothing out the pavement on the highway as well as at the intersection.

"This final step of resurfacing will likely progress on U.S. 40 from west to east in the eastbound lane, then switch to the westbound lane, then address both legs of Elk River Road," Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said.

Trulove said the work will require a single-lane closure on the highway from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The travel impacts are expected to last until Friday.

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Trulove also noted a single lane will likely be closed during that time near the KOA campground both Thursday and Friday.

The work represents the final phase of a $6.9 million project that started earlier this summer.

The work included the reconfiguration and widening of the Elk River Road intersection as well as 1,800 feet of new sidewalk between Shield Drive and Riverside Plaza.

Paving operations also extended west from Elk River Road to Routt County Road 33A.

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