The Engineering Division is committed to providing safe and durable infrastructure to the community through efficient and resourceful engineering services.
Engineering Standards Update
Please find the Revised Engineering Standards effective July 1st, 2019. Any development application not submitted to the city and deemed complete by July 1st, shall meet the design requirements pursuant to this revision. Development applications submitted prior to July 1st may elect to meet these standards requirements.
These design standard updates are primarily to address compliance issues related to the new state stormwater permit issued to the City of Steamboat Springs. The standards were revised in consultation with development design firms and contractors that perform work within the City. A draft standards update package was released to the development design community and an open house was held to review proposed changes on April 9th, 2019. The city is grateful to those that provided feedback during the process to improve the standards manual. Public Works continues to work on the second phase of the engineering standards manual update with another planned update toward the end of calendar year 2019. Updates may include revisions to these chapters in addition to the rest of the manual. Public Works views standards as a living document that requires diligent and periodic review and revision. We encourage any feedback that you may have during this concerted update effort.
Notable changes include requirement for conducting a scope approval process between the city and applicant prior to performing drainage evaluation, update of rainfall values to reflect more recent data and scientific evaluation by NOAA, modernization of runoff calculation, addition of an 80th percentile storm event values for evaluation of the stormwater quality treatment storm event, complete rewrite of design criteria associated with permanent stormwater treatment facilities, and developing a more formal process for identification, notice, and enforcement related to long-term maintenance obligations of permanent stormwater treatment facilities.
If you have any follow up questions, please direct those to Ben Beall, City Engineer at 970-871-8293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Improvement Plan
The Downtown Improvement Plan has been presented in various iterations for the past 30 years. The current plan has been created using input from business owners, planning groups, consultants and community members to develop a comprehensive list of downtown improvements.
Long-term planning and implementation of multi-modal improvements including sidewalk, bicycle, and transit facilities, access management, and traffic engineering. These efforts include coordination with other agencies such as the Colorado Department of Transportation, Routt County Multi-Modal Group, Northwest Transportation Planning Region, Bike Town USA and Safe Routes to School.
Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Authority
The Steamboat Springs Urban Renewal Area (URA) was created in 2004, which authorized a tax-increment finance district encompassing the base area of the Steamboat Ski Resort (the Mountain Plan Area).
Engineering manages the city's Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permit Program. The Stormwater permit addresses storm water quality with an emphasis on controlling and limiting pollutants to the city's drainage system through Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Submittals to the city for development are required to comply with city criteria and standards. Submittals include building permits, drainage reports, geohazard reports, construction plans, grading/erosion control plans, and street and storm sewer plans and profiles.
Design and Construction
Engineering is responsible for projects designed and managed with city staff, which includes drainage analysis, project design, preparation of construction drawings and contract documents, project inspection, and construction contract administration.
2019 Construction Projects
View the City's Proposed Project Map (Updated Feb. 2019)
Fish Creek Pedestrian Underpass Sidewalk Connection
Project consists of Construction of a trail crossing below US40 connecting Safeway/Sundance Plaza to Walgreens and to potential Yampa Valley Housing Authority project.
Eagleridge Drive/Walton Creek Intersection
Project consist of installation of 218 square yards of concrete sidewalks and three ADA compliant pedestrian ramps, 198 linear feet of concrete curb and gutter, and asphalt removal and replacement at the intersection of Eagleridge Drive/Whistler Road and Walton Creek Road.
Iconic Entry Phase II
Project consists of installation of approximately 1,000 linear feet of soft surface trail and associated grading and drainage infrastructure, including storm sewer pipe and water quality improvements. The project also includes installation of concrete sidewalk, modifications to existing sanitary sewer structures, and a new public parking pullout area and small staircase.
13th Street Sidewalk Improvements
The project consists of construction of an eight foot wide sidewalk, storm sewer pipe, roadway widening, asphalt paving and patching and signing and striping along 13th Street, a collector roadway from the Yampa River Bridge near the Bud Werner Memorial Library to Lithia Springs Road. See project documents here.
Butcherknife Creek Floodplain and Eagle Scout Park Restroom
The improvements project includes construction of a new 4’ x 8’ box culvert under Oak Street, on either side of Lincoln Avenue along 7th Street and ending at the Butcherknife Creek outlet between Lincoln and Yampa Ave on 7th (at the Ghost Ranch). The City project includes the removal and replacement existing deteriorating and ill placed sidewalks with concrete sidewalks, pedestrian lights and trees along Oak Street between 6th and 7th Streets, and two blocks of 7th Street on either side of Lincoln Avenue. These sidewalk improvements will provide a continuous safe passageway for pedestrians in downtown in this area. This project includes a year round public restrooms across the alley from the Ghost Ranch.
US40 @ Highpoint Drive Sidewalk
The project consists of the construction of a concrete sidewalk and pedestrian ramp that is ADA compliant. It would replace a dilapidated section of current asphalt sidewalk along US40 between Highpoint Drive and the Mountain Sports Kayak School building at 800 S Lincoln Ave.
11th Street Sidewalk and Streetscape Improvements
11th Street is one of the last remaining high priority downtown side streets that is a main route to Yampa Street. The work set for construction this summer will include sidewalk and streetscape features that conform with the Downtown Improvement Plan.
Soda Creek Water Quality Unit
Over the past couple years the City of Steamboat Springs has installed a number of stormwater quality units at the outfalls of the Yampa River throughout downtown. Soda Creek outfall is the last remaining outfall in the downtown area that has not been retrofitted with a water quality unit. This project will be near the corner of 12th Street and Lincoln Ave and will provide the last remaining stormwater quality unit in the downtown area which will treat stormwater which then is discharged into the Yampa River.
The department conducts inspections of all construction projects within the city. Projects include new private development, redevelopment and city funded capital improvement projects. The inspectors also provide the initial contact and response to citizen requests and inquiries relating to flooding, erosion, and infrastructure evaluation.
- Schedule Right-of-Way Inspection, contact Thorne Clark at 970-846-9337.
- Provide your name, site address and building permit number.
- Due to snow restricting visibility of site improvements, inspections are not conducted between November 1 and May 1