Lincoln construction starts up again today in downtown Steamboat |

Lincoln construction starts up again today in downtown Steamboat

Construction zone likely to stretch from 3rd Street to 11th Street

Blythe Terrell

Ricardo Jimenez, with Vogelman West Associates, replaces brick Friday along U.S. Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat Springs. Major road construction will resume this week on the south side of Lincoln from Ninth Street to just east of Third Street.

— Get ready, Steamboat Springs: Construction is back.

Barriers and orange cones return today to Lin­coln Avenue downtown as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues the $5.6 million road upgrade project. Scott Contracting again will be at work, slicing up the old street and replacing it with concrete, curb bulb-outs and red-tinted crosswalks.

Construction will proceed much as it did in spring, CDOT regional spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said. It's due to be finished by Nov. 18.

"The operations are essentially the same with the three blocks of excavation and then moving on to the next three blocks and then coming back and doing the pour," Shanks said. "Obviously that will vary with weather, but that's essentially how they'll move along."

That means crews typically will work on six blocks at a time. At the peak, according to a CDOT release, traffic control will be set up on Lincoln from about Third Street to 11th Street. This phase of work will complete resurfacing on the south side of Lincoln from Ninth Street to just east of Third Street. 

"For all intents and purposes, the work at 11th is done," Shanks said. "However, there's a possibility at the end of the project there could be some other small, minor work to finalize things."

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The 11th Street intersection will be open and is expected to remain so throughout the project. The 10th Street intersection will allow for access to Lincoln from the south (Yampa Street) side, according to the CDOT release, but vehicles heading west on U.S. 40 won't be able to turn left at 10th.

The release also stated that traffic lights will be shut off for several weeks at Seventh, Eighth and Ninth streets, and stop signs will be set up.

Weather permitting, construction will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project website states that crews plan to work Saturday and Sunday this week. It's possible the entire road will be closed some nights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to CDOT. The agency said it would announce those closures ahead of time.

Shanks said she and Scott Contracting would do their best to keep the public informed of construction plans. Anyone who wants to receive updates can sign up for them at or visit the project website at

"We'll just work to do our very, very best to keep those messages coming, and we really, really appreciate all the folks who have signed up for that message alert system, because as we work with that, it gets better all the time," Shanks said.

The local hot line number is the same as it was in spring, 970-819-7008. Shanks asked residents to call and provide feedback.

"It's difficult to make any improvements if we're not hearing from people, so I would just encourage people to let us know how we're doing on that hot line," she said.

The project started in the fall and then resumed in April. Scott cut off work for the summer tourism season after June 30. The company was scheduled to resume Sept. 1 but agreed to wait until after the busy Labor Day weekend in exchange for a deadline extension from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18. If Scott doesn't finish the project by Nov. 18, the company will face daily fines.

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Construction updates

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■ The project information hot line is 970-819-7008. It is slated to be updated regularly during construction, and callers can leave feedback there.

■ Visit the project website here.

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