Mt Werner-Steamboat Blvd

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The major roundabout infrastructure project at the intersection of Mt. Werner Road and Steamboat Blvd. will fully open to traffic on Wednesday, November 10. Crews will be working this week to complete final critical work for opening sometime in the day on Wednesday.

This is the largest roundabout (inscribed diameter of over 140 feet) in town and features two lanes westbound (toward US40) and one lane eastbound (headed to ski mountain) that can be expanded to two lanes in the future when volumes warrant. The roundabout has been appropriately sized to perform well even during Steamboat’s busiest winter periods. In addition, an existing drainage pipe to accommodate the 100-year flood was installed. New sidewalks, formalizing existing bus stops, landscaping beautification, street and pedestrian lighting are part of the overall scope.

The project will be designed so that it can be more readily converted to a full double lane roundabout at some point in the future. The total project is expected to cost more than $4MM to complete and will be a significant improvement for the many vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists that travel through the intersection every day.

The major roundabout infrastructure project at the intersection of Mt. Werner Road and Steamboat Blvd. will fully open to traffic on Wednesday, November 10. Crews will be working this week to complete final critical work for opening sometime in the day on Wednesday.

This is the largest roundabout (inscribed diameter of over 140 feet) in town and features two lanes westbound (toward US40) and one lane eastbound (headed to ski mountain) that can be expanded to two lanes in the future when volumes warrant. The roundabout has been appropriately sized to perform well even during Steamboat’s busiest winter periods. In addition, an existing drainage pipe to accommodate the 100-year flood was installed. New sidewalks, formalizing existing bus stops, landscaping beautification, street and pedestrian lighting are part of the overall scope.

The project will be designed so that it can be more readily converted to a full double lane roundabout at some point in the future. The total project is expected to cost more than $4MM to complete and will be a significant improvement for the many vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists that travel through the intersection every day.

  • Roundabout Driving Tips Bloom With Arrival of Springs

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    Traffic Feature Designed To Improve Traffic And Pedestrian Safety

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 11, 2022-The first two-lane roundabout has some drivers going round and around in their efforts to navigate the Yampa Valley’s new modern roadway intersection improvement.

    “Steamboat Springs has three intersections at the mountain that feature roundabouts and the community will likely see more down the road,” commented Public Works Engineer Danny Paul, who managed the roundabout projects for the city. “While these intersection designs may be new to some, travelers are becoming more accustomed to how to use them, and these features are significantly improving safety for all.”

    Circumnavigating single-lane and multi-lane roundabouts, which have become increasingly popular for their safety and traffic flow features, shouldn’t have your head spinning in circles. In fact, these circular intersections reduce injury and severe crashes by 78% to 82% compared to conventional intersections as reported by the Federal Highway Administration.

    The rules of roundabouts are simple, straightforward, and as easy as 1, 2, 3 – slow down, look around and be ready to yield. The US Dept of Transportation Federal Highway Administration offers the following tips for making your way around a roundabout smooth and relaxed.

    • When approaching a roundabout, SLOW DOWN. Going slower give you more time to make decisions and you’ll be ready to yield to other road users including cyclists and pedestrians.
    • LOOK AROUND. If there’s more than one lane leading to the roundabout, you’ll need to choose the proper lane for where you want to go after the roundabout. Take note of the signs and marking to help select your lane.
    • BE READY TO YIELD – you must yield to traffic in all lanes of the roundabout, not just the lane closest to you. Yielding means letting others go first and stopping when necessary.


    If you see any large vehicles like trucks or buses, give them space and avoid driving next to them inside the roundabout. Motorists should stay in their lane when there is more than one lane and always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and be aware that experienced cyclists may use the lane like a vehicle or less experienced cyclists will likely cross in the crosswalk like a pedestrian. As a courtesy, motorists are also encouraged to use a turn signal when exiting the roundabout.

    Earn your graduate degree by learning how to navigate a roundabout and even though you’ll may be going in a circle, these techniques will ensure you travel straightforward for a safe and easy trip whether traveling on foot, bike, or vehicle.

    -WeServeTheCity-

    Contact
    Danny Paul, Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210 or email
    Sherry Burlingame, Police Chief, 970.879.4344 or email
    Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

  • Mt. Werner/Steamboat Blvd Roundabout Opens Nov. 10

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    Project Opens Before Ski Season Within Budget Despite Pandemic Challenges

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-November 9, 2021-The major roundabout infrastructure project at the intersection of Mt. Werner Road and Steamboat Blvd. will fully open to traffic on Wednesday, November 10. Crews will be working this week to complete final critical work for opening sometime in the day on Wednesday.

    "This is a significant investment for the community and enhances safety at a very busy intersection,” commented Project Manager and Public Works Engineer Danny Paul. “On behalf of the entire project team, we would like to sincerely thank the community for their patience and cooperation during the construction work.”

    Lighting installations will be installed by Yampa Valley Electric in the coming weeks after the roundabout is open. Some additional work will be completed in spring 2022 including installation of a sidewalk link along the north side of Mt. Werner Road between Montview Lane and Pine Grove Road.

    The multi-million-dollar project was completed in seven months starting the day after the ski area closed on April 12 and reopening on November 10. Originally, the project called for spanning two summers, but the project team was able to condense this schedule into one construction season mostly because of allowing the contractor to close the entire intersection at the beginning of the project.

    Duckels Construction served as the general contractor and was supported by several key sub-contractors including United Companies, Giovonni Construction, Whelan Land Surveys and Mountain West to name a few. This was the sixth roundabout built in Steamboat Springs, and the fourth that Duckels has overseen.

    This is the largest roundabout (inscribed diameter of over 140 feet) in town and features two lanes westbound (toward US40) and one lane eastbound (headed to ski mountain) that can be expanded to two lanes in the future when volumes warrant. The roundabout has been appropriately sized to perform well even during Steamboat’s busiest winter periods.

    “This intersection has been on the radar for many years and the roundabout addresses important safety improvements for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians,” continued Paul. “This was a substantial project in terms of size and volume of work required to bring the finished product to life.”

    In addition, an existing drainage pipe to accommodate the 100-year flood was installed. New sidewalks, formalizing existing bus stops, landscaping beautification, street and pedestrian lighting are part of the overall scope.

    -WeServeTheCity-

  • Project Update - 10/22/21

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    The Steamboat Blvd/Mt. Werner Rd Roundabout Project is zeroing in on completion with paving of the southside lanes this weekend and pouring sidewalks into next week. Old Mt. Werner Road will see a closure for a short duration over the weekend during paving operations..

    Striping of the roadway and area is schedule for the end of next week and the project is anticipating substantial completion and open roadway by November 4. A planned ribbon cutting ceremony date is pending the week of November 8. Additional landscaping will continue outside the roadway over the coming weeks.

    The project team hosted its 14th and last virtual public information meeting today; however, project information and photos can still be found at engagesteamboat.net/roundabout.

  • Traffic Shifts North in Roundabout Project Zone

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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-September 10, 2021-The Steamboat Blvd/Mt. Werner Rd Roundabout Project hits a major milestone when traffic through the construction site will shift to the northside of the roadway during the latter part of next week around September 15.

    “So much of the early work was underground infrastructure and out of sight by the community, but now the hard work of crews is clear as we transition traffic flow and construction to new areas of the project,” commented Project Manager and Public Works Engineer Danny Paul. “As stated throughout the project, we remain on schedule for a November completion.”

    With the shift, one-lane traffic in each direction will flow on the newly paved road where much of the underground work on the north side is now complete, except for the installation of two walls to the north of Old Mt. Werner Road. A small portion of Steamboat Blvd closest to Mt. Werner Rd, will remain closed until the project is complete. However, Old Mt. Werner Road will reopen providing connectivity to Steamboat Blvd via Montview Lane for both westbound and eastbound traffic.

    This is still an active construction site and motorists are asked to proceed S L O W L Y through the work zone. Pedestrian and bicycle access is provided through a defined path at three designated locations.

    “With the freshly paved surface, it will be easy to forget this is still an active work zone,” continued Paul. “Please slow down and follow all posted signage and speed limits so crews can safely complete their work.”

    Project construction efforts will continue in full force until November at which time the roundabout will open for vehicles to use. Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday and beginning in mid-September will also include weekend work. The project team hosts bi-weekly virtual meetings and the meeting schedule, project updates and photos can be found at engagesteamboat.net/roundabout

  • Project Update 8/31/2021

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    Crews continue to prepare the roadway for paving on the north side by focusing on concrete curb, gutter, sidewalk, and transit stop installation. The majority of the underground work on the north side is now complete, except for the installation of several large headwalls to the north of Old Mt. Werner Road. In preparation for paving, crews will continue to conduct surface grading and flat work across the site over the next week.

    Paving on the north side of the roadway is currently scheduled for September 7-10, conditions permitting. During paving, Montview Lane will be closed for approximately one day, with access to the Montview Subdivision available via Old Mt. Werner Road. Crews are targeting September 13 to shift traffic from the south side to the north side of the roundabout. At that time, Old Mt. Werner Road will reopen between Steamboat Boulevard and Montview Lane.

    Project construction efforts will continue in full force through late October to early November. Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. The project team hosts bi-weekly virtual meetings and the meeting schedule, project updates and photos can be found on this site throughout the duration of the project.


  • Project Update 7/21/2021

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    The project is open to one-lane traffic in each direction. Excessive speed has been an issue especially in the downhill direction and possess a safety risk for workers. It is imperative that drivers understand this is an active construction site and to proceed S L O W L Y through the work zone. The 15-mph speed limit is being aggressively enforced by the police. Pedestrian and bicycle access is provided on the soft surface material through a defined path with a crossing guard at designated locations.

    Access from Mt. Werner Rd to Steamboat Blvd is still on track to be available in mid-August. Work has been focused on the north side of the roadway with a large junction box and storm line installed so the sidewalks by the Porches can open soon.

    Even with the reopening of traffic access, project construction efforts will continue in full force through late October to early November. Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. The project team hosts bi-weekly virtual meetings at 10am with the final July meeting scheduled for July 30. engagesteamboat.net/roundabout

  • Project Update 7/9/2021

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    The project reopened one-lane traffic in each direction through the construction site prior to the July 4th holiday weekend and access to the mountain village remains open. The speed limit through the site has been reduced to 15mph and is actively being enforced. Pedestrian and bicycle access is also available on the soft surface material through a defined path. While Mt. Werner Road has reopened, there is still no access from Mt. Werner Rd to Steamboat Blvd at this time. Access to Steamboat Blvd is anticipated to be available in mid-August.

    Even with the reopening of traffic access, project construction efforts will continue in full force through late October to early November. Work runs from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday. The project team hosts bi-weekly virtual meetings at 10am with the next meetings scheduled for July 16, and July 30. engagesteamboat.net/roundabout

  • Mt. Werner Reopens Ahead of Holiday Weekend

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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-June 28, 2021-Mt. Werner Road is scheduled to reopen to vehicle traffic beginning on Thursday, July 1, 2021, as promised at the start of the Mt. Werner/Steamboat Blvd Roundabout project back in April. The entire project is on schedule to be complete in early November as originally announced.

    “Allowing the full closure of Mt. Werner enabled a significant amount of infrastructure work to be done and ensured this project will be completed in one year instead of two,” commented Project Manager & Public Works Engineer Danny Paul. “With the reopening, pressure on Walton Creek will be reduced and the mountain area will have two access points for the remainder of the project.”

    With the reopening, Phase I of the Roundabout Project will be wrapping up and moves into Phase II. Phase I work consisted of deep utility installations most of which will be unnoticeable when the road reopens but was important work necessary for roundabout construction to begin.

    Starting Thursday, one lane in each direction along Mt. Werner Road will reopen to vehicular travel. Motorists will be driving on an all-weather gravel surface through the construction zone and speed limits will be reduced to 25 mph. The traveling public is asked to slow down in the cone zone and understand that intermittent travel delays may be encountered. Pedestrian and bicycle routes will be open through and around the project area.

    Even with the reopening of Mt. Werner, there will be no direct access from Mt. Werner Rd to Steamboat Blvd. or Broomtail Lane at this time. The connection to Steamboat Blvd should be made sometime in the August to September timeframe, while Broomtail Lane will remain closed until the end of project. The Montview Lane neighborhoods will remain accessible from Mt. Werner Rd.

    The detour route using Walton Creek Road will no longer be signed or necessary to use to avoid the construction zone. Motorists going to/from the mountain area are encouraged to use Mt. Werner Road.

    Over the coming months, Phase III work will begin in August or September and will shift efforts from the north side of Mt. Werner Rd over to the south side at which time open traffic lanes will also be shifted.

    The project team continues to host bi-weekly meetings that are open to the public. The next meeting will be held at 10am on July 2 and will occur every other Friday through the end of construction. Additional information on the project can be found at www.engagesteamboat.net/roundabout.

    -WeServeTheCity-

    Contact

    Ben Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or email

    Jon Snyder, Public Works Director, 970.879.2060 or email

    Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

  • Project Update 6/3/2021

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    It's a massive project but the Mt. Werner/Steamboat Blvd Roundabout team remains on schedule. The closure has been in effect for around 50 days and now there are less than 30 days to go before lanes reopen on Mt. Werner Rd ahead of July 4th holiday weekend. As you can see, significant infrastructure improvements are part of the project and having the complete road closure permits the project to be finished in one summer instead of spanning two. Next project update call is tomorrow, Friday June 4 @ 10am.

  • Construction & Closure Begins April 12 in Mountain Area

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    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-April 1, 2021-In under two weeks, the city is set to begin constructing a new roundabout at the intersection of Steamboat Blvd and Mt. Werner Road and implement closures and detours following the end of the ski season.

    “This intersection has been on the radar for some time and this project addresses significant safety improvements for both motorists and pedestrians,” said Project Manager and Public Works Engineer Danny Paul. “While we’ll have to change how we travel temporarily, the benefits of this project will be felt immediately when completed and well into the future.”

    Having worked on three roundabouts in Steamboat Springs including the most recent one at Ski Time Square, Duckels Construction will serve as the general contractor and TRC Engineers as the construction project manager/inspector. The project is estimated to be finished by late October.

    Individuals traveling along Mt. Werner Rd will see project signage going up over the coming weeks. The road closure, which will run from April 12 through July 1, will shut Mt. Werner Rd off from all traffic between Montview Lane and Mt. Werner Circle and see partial closures on Old Mt. Werner Road and Broomtail Lane. Steamboat Springs Transit will adjust the Red and Green routes this summer due to numerous planned projects including this one. In addition, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp will be completing mountain projects during the same time which will add trucking traffic along the detour route.

    Motorists traveling to/from the mountain village will need to use Highway 40 to Walton Creek Road to Village Drive. Motorists accessing from north of the closure will be required to use Central Park Drive to get around the project area. Two-way traffic on Mt. Werner will return before the July 4 holiday weekend. The public should expect delays during this time and are encouraged to use alternate methods of transportation or plan ahead by adjusting your schedule or taking alternate routes to get around the closure on Mt. Werner Road.

    “Closing the area during the initial phase allows the project to be completed in a single construction season instead of spanning two summers,” continued Paul. “This is a substantial project in terms of size and volume of work required and we’re doing everything possible to be efficient and limit disruptions.”

    The final product will see two lanes westbound (toward US40) and one lane eastbound (headed to ski mountain) that can be expanded to two lanes in the future when volumes warrant. The roundabout has been appropriately sized to perform well even during Steamboat’s busiest winter periods. In addition, an existing drainage pipe to accommodate the 100-year flood will be installed. New sidewalks, formalizing existing bus stops, landscaping beautification, street and pedestrian lighting are part of the overall scope.

    The city will host bi-weekly public information meetings to share updates, with the first one scheduled virtually for Friday, April 9 at 10am. Essential materials, including site plan, description, FAQs, detour & closure maps, contacts, and public meeting notices can be found at EngageSteamboat.net/Roundabout. Also, a Public Hotline for questions, comments or concerns is available at 970.871.8291 or individuals can email the project manager directly.

    -WeServeTheCity-

    Contact
    Danny Paul, Project Manager & Public Works Engineer, 970.871.8210 or email
    Ben Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or email
    Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email

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