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Major local road construction project delayed until next year

Scott Franz

Central Park Drive, one of the busiest roads in Steamboat Springs, will be reconstructed.

— The city’s busiest shopping center will not be impacted by major road construction this year after all.

After receiving a single construction bid that was about 25 percent over the anticipated cost of the project, the city of Steamboat Springs has decided to hold off on the reconstruction of Central Park Drive until next year.

Public Works Director Chuck Anderson said the city plans to reopen the bidding process for the project in the fall.

“We’re anticipating it will be more favorable when we go back out and rebid it,” Anderson said.

He said going forward with the project this summer would also have been too impactful on the community.

The work would have stopped in the winter and had to continue in the spring.

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“We’ll line up the timing to have less of an impact on the community,” Anderson said.

The project will add new bike lanes, dedicated pedestrian crossings and a roundabout where Central Park Drive runs between Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads.

The road will be realigned, and traffic will be reduced to one lane each direction on the new roadway.

In addition, asphalt will be replaced, and sidewalk connections will be improved.

Anderson said part of the reason the project is not happening this year stemmed from the challenge of securing easements and right-of-way acquisitions for the project.

He added the work requires a couple of technical subcontractors that were sparse this time of year.

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