Crews to Close US 40 at Elk River Road Tuesday Night, May 16

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS—From 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 through 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, crews will close US 40 at Elk River Road (County Road 129) as they set barrier and restripe to prepare for major intersection improvements.

Impacts through July

Once lane striping is complete and barriers are set, motorists can expect the following, 24/7, likely through July:

  • All dedicated right-turn lanes will be closed; right turns will share the through-traffic lanes.
  • All dedicated left-turn lanes will remain in place at all approaches.
  • All lanes will be narrowed to 12 feet.
  • A 12-foot width restriction will be in place along the US 40 work zone and through the Elk River Road intersection.
  • Pedestrian crossings at the intersection will be eliminated. A temporary crossing will be placed south of the intersection near Curve Court.


  • Curve/Shield Drive and Downhill Drive.

General Travel Impacts

  • After 9 a.m.: Expect eastbound lane closures.
  • Before 4 p.m.: Expect westbound lane closures.
  • The speed will be reduced to 25 mph.
  • Night work and single-lane, alternating traffic is possible at times.
  • No weekend work is anticipated at this time, but is possible at a later date, if necessary to expedite the project's completion.
  • Impacts to traffic begin mid-May at the Elk River Road intersection and will peak after paving crews begin the resurfacing operations in June and July. (Sign up for weekly project emails, below.)

Project Info

On May 1, 2017, CDOT started this project on US 40 on the west side of Steamboat Springs. The work, contracted to Flatiron Construction for $6.9 million, is a combination intersection, resurfacing, sidewalk and city waterline construction project, in partnership with the City of Steamboat Springs. The City provided $877,900 in funding toward construction, including the waterline work.

Major work items will include:

  • Asphalt resurfacing.
    The existing top layer of asphalt will be "milled" to address surface cracking and imperfections then overlaid with a new layer of asphalt) from east of Routt County Road 33A to Elk River Road (mile points 126.0 to 130.6)
  • Shouldering and drainage improvements.
  • Intersection and signal work at US 40 and Elk River Road
  • Approximately 1,800 feet of new sidewalk will be constructed between Shield Drive and Riverside Plaza on the south side.
  • Curb ramp improvements to add wheelchair accessibility at all four corners of Elk River Road/US 40, and along the new section of sidewalk (at three intersections and one access).

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