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Yampa Street project starts soon

A sketch shows what Yampa Street could look like with a promenade. Visions for additional sidewalks and infrastructure on Yampa date back at least three decades.

— In two weeks, construction crews plan to launch the multi-million effort to make Yampa Street a more pedestrian-friendly roadway by adding a promenade, burying overhead power lines and raising an intersection.

The city of Steamboat Springs is planning to select Duckels Construction as the contractor for the work.

Project spokesowman Mary Brown said the contract with Duckels is currently $3.7 million but the number isn't final. The total project budget is $4.2 million.

The bid from the presumptive contractor was the lowest the city received from four companies that were interested in the work.

Brown said the project will start May 23 at 11th Street, where crews will begin replacing an old sewer main that spans three blocks.

From July 1 to Aug. 15, there will be no work on the busiest part of Yampa, where it runs from Sixth to Eighth Streets.

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The work restriction during the height of the summer visitor season should help mitigate the impact the construction may have on the many restaurants and businesses in the area.

Brown said Duckels was able to come up with a construction schedule that will have crews working sequentially on the street.

The work restriction will not delay completion of the project because of the way the work plan has been drawn up, Brown said.

The city will soon launch a new hotline for the project, so that residents can call in and listen to a weekly recording outlining the scope of the work and its impact.

Public meetings will also be announced soon.

When the work is all finished this fall, visitors to Yampa Street will have more sidewalks to travel on.

A new four-way stop and raised intersection at Seventh and Yampa streets also will slow traffic down.

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