The Kum & Go at 895 Yampa Ave. may not open until mid-summer, Colorado Department of Transportation officials estimated. CDOT is requiring Kum & Go renovate Yampa Avenue before opening.

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The Kum & Go at 895 Yampa Ave. may not open until mid-summer, Colorado Department of Transportation officials estimated. CDOT is requiring Kum & Go renovate Yampa Avenue before opening.

Business News and Notes: Kum & Go's alternate timeline

— Although initial plans coming out of Kum & Go's West Des Moines, Iowa, office were to open the 895 Yampa Ave. location in Craig sometime around Jan. 1, the year pushes on without much progress.

The delay possibly has to do with Colorado Department of Transportation requirements.

Nancy Shanks, CDOT Western Slope public relations director, said the state agency told Kum & Go the site would have to modify existing vehicle and pedestrian schemes before it opened its expanded store north of downtown.

That includes installing crosswalk buttons across Ninth Street and re-striping Yampa Avenue and Ninth Street for turn and deceleration lanes.

CDOT is requiring Kum & Go put a new chip-seal on part of Yampa Avenue before it re-stripes for left-hand turn lanes onto west- and eastbound Ninth Street.

Yampa Avenue will not need to be widened, Shanks said.

Kum & Go or its developer will have to pay for CDOT's requested renovations, Shanks added.

CDOT is only the oversight agency, she said, and cannot speak officially about costs or timelines, but she spoke with a CDOT official in Moffat County who estimated the project wouldn't start again for another couple months, possibly in July.

Shanks also said CDOT has a performance bond on the project, and state officials estimated the extra work would cost about $52,000.

Shanks said Kum & Go had to redo its building plans, which pushed development back.

Kum & Go representatives could not be reached for further comment.

However, a Kum & Go spokesperson did address the delays in previous interviews.

"We need warmer surface temperature and dry conditions to complete road work at the site," said Tara Deering-Hansen, Kum & Go manager of corporate communications. "All of the construction delays have been weather related. If the weather cooperates, we hope to open the store in early May."

Kum & Go does not plan to close its 1302 W. Victory Way location until the Yampa store is finished, Deering-Hansen said.

"Shortly after opening the first store, we will close and demolish the second store," she said. "We will then begin installation of fuel islands, utilities, paving and turning lanes on Victory Way. This construction work will take about six weeks to complete."

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