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Hayden planning for $3.7 million in improvements

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In the coming months, the town of Hayden will begin spending $3.7 million of tax dollars to repair eroding infrastructure.

During the November election, residents approved a property tax increase to finance the work.

"We did a lot of pre-planning," town manager Mathew Mendisco said. "We didn't want to ask for more money than we needed."

Completing the work is expected to take between three and four years.

The first project should be completed by May 31 and will improve three irrigation ditch crossings on Walnut Street, Poplar Street and Washington Avenue.

There are four significant projects slated for 2018, and Mendisco said they hope to start work no later than July 1 on the additional projects.

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"We're hoping to start in June and be completed by the end of summer," Mendisco said.

The Hospital Hill project is the most significant.

The road and water pipes leading from downtown to the residential neighborhoods above will be replaced. A sidewalk will be installed to make travel safer for pedestrians.

"There is no sidewalk there, and we are putting one in," Mendisco said.

During the Hospital Hill construction, residents will be impacted.

Mendisco said there will be several public meetings, so residents know about the impacts and detours.

Also during the summer, the Lincoln Avenue pavement and water lines will be replaced.

Vista Verde Drive will be resurfaced. The pavement does not need to be completely torn out because water lines are not being replaced below.

The water treatment plant will get a significant upgrade this year when piping inside the plant is replaced.

Infrastructure work in 2019 will focus on water infrastructure, and more road improvements are planned for 2020.

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