Sue Kimes: Detour signs?
June 29, 2008
Steamboat Springs — I am a patient person by nature, but the traffic snarl downtown Thursday morning was unprecedented.
In an attempt to reach Howelsen Hill for summer camp drop-off, I was heading west on Lincoln and was prevented from making a left turn on Fifth Street and subsequently Sixth Street due to “Road Closed” signs from the construction and a road-paving project. I was finally able to make a left on Seventh and traveled down Yampa Street only to encounter another “Road Closed” sign at Fifth Street.
I asked a flagger how I could get to Howelsen Hill, but he was unable to help because he was unfamiliar with the town. Turns out that the south end of Fourth Street, which has been closed for months due to construction, was the only route available to get over to the Fifth Street Bridge.
It is understandable that there are going to be traffic problems with all of the construction and road improvements slated for this summer, but a “Detour” sign at Fourth Street would have prevented what can only be described as a debacle. There were cars stuck sideways on Lincoln, doing U-turns and going backward on Yampa, and cars trapped on the railroad tracks at the Fifth Street Bridge. It was a dangerous and frustrating morning that could have been prevented with a little foresight from the road department and the construction companies.