Ten town-sponsored maintenance and construction projects will be getting underway this spring with additional projects taking place later in the year. The activities include numerous street and park maintenance commitments, water quality improvements and construction of a new parking structure, representing nearly $24 million in budgeted public improvements extending from West Vail to East Vail. The projects are being announced in advance to help community members plan ahead for possible impacts. Work will be taking place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting; some weekends may apply.
Red Sandstone Elementary School Parking Garage | March 26-Nov. 15
The Town of Vail and the Eagle County Schools have jointly contracted with Haselden Construction to construct a four-level, 160 space parking structure on the current Red Sandstone School site. This will include extensive site work to establish a loop road around the parking structure to allow access to each level while at the same time provide a one-way loop road for school drop-off and pick up. Access will be maintained to the school and the gymnastics center when the facilities are in use. Project contacts are Justin Fahnestock, Haselden Construction, 303-549-8589; Town of Vail contact is Greg Hall, public works/transportation director, at 970-479-2160.
West Vail Underpass Concrete & Stone Repair | April 16-May 11
Beginning April 16, crews will be replacing the concrete pavement and sidewalk within the West Vail south roundabout at Interstate 70 exit 173. The town has contracted with Kraemer North America, LLC to construct the repairs over a four-week period ending May 11. To facilitate the work, traffic in the West Vail south roundabout will be modified to a ‘T’ Intersection with the frontage road becoming two-way traffic along the north side of the roundabout, and all entering north and south legs being required to stop. The eastbound West Vail I-70 exit will be closed to all large and oversized loads greater than 35 feet in length, but will accommodate passenger vehicles, vans and buses. Project contacts are Carl Dewey, Kraemer North America, at 720-390-8507; Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, town engineer, at 970-376-2235.
Slifer Square Repair Project | April 16-June 29 & Sept. 4-Nov. 15
The Town of Vail has contracted with Icon Inc. to complete the Slifer Square repair project. Located between the Vail Village parking structure and the Covered Bridge, Slifer Square will undergo necessary repair projects during two phases with work occurring during the spring and fall village construction seasons beginning April 16. Work will stop June 29 for the July through August peak tourist season and begin again Sept. 4 with a final completion date of Nov. 15. This work includes replacement of existing snowmelt mains, improved storm water quality, removal and replacement of heated pavers associated with the utility work and pavement replacement on Meadow Drive in front of the Austria Haus. The In-town bus will be rerouted onto the frontage road during the construction and pedestrian traffic will be routed around the construction to the covered bridge to maintain access to businesses in Vail Village. Temporary closures of the covered bridge will be taking place periodically. During those instances, pedestrians will be rerouted west to the International Bridge for access to the Village. Project contacts are Albert Quintana, Icon Inc., at 970-977-0561; Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, town project engineer, at 970-376-2389.
Staub Park Improvements | April 16-May 31
Roger Staub Park is a pocket park located just west of Vorlaufer Condominiums at 371East Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village. Hess Contracting Incorporated has been hired with improvements taking place April 16 through May 31. The project includes replacement of the existing concrete stairs, creation of turf slope to allow maintenance equipment to access the park area, replacement of the stone retaining wall, irrigation and landscaping. Project contacts are Raymond Hess at 970-471-0011; Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, capital project manager/landscape architect, 970-479-2161.
East Vail Interchange Exit 180 Water Quality and Landscape Improvements | May – September
The Town of Vail has contracted with United Companies to complete the East Vail Water Quality Improvements project. The project includes installation of drainage improvements, water quality vaults and snow storage improvements this spring with landscape improvements later this summer and fall. Traffic will be maintained throughout the project with traffic control. Project contact for United Companies will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, town project engineer, at 970-376-2389.
Vail Transit Bus Stop Improvements at Vail Village and Lionshead Transit Centers | May-June (TBD)
The Town of Vail will be adding two new bus stops at the Vail Village and Lionshead transit centers. The Vail Village Transit Center bus stop will add capacity with the construction of two new bus bays along the South Frontage Road in front of the Vail Village parking structure. The Lionshead transit center bus stop will add capacity with a new westbound stop in front of the Lionshead parking structure entry along the South Frontage Road. In addition, landscape improvements will be installed at the Lionshead structure in conjunction with the bus stop work. Both projects are expected to be built this spring and have minimal impact on traffic during construction. Town of Val contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2235.
Pirateship Park Safety Improvements | May
The Town of Vail will be installing a resilient surfacing and reconstructing a stairway on the Pirateship Park play structure next to Gondola One in Vail Village. The park will be fully closed during the work. Reopening is anticipated on or before June 6. Contractor contact will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.
Sunbird Park Maintenance | May
The Town of Vail will be refinishing the wood play structures and replacing several play components at Sunbird Park, located in the Lionshead Mall. The park will be fully closed during the work. Reopening is anticipated on or before June 6. Contractor contact will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.
Gore Valley Trail Reconstruction – West Vail South | May-June
The Town of Vail will be reconstructing approximately 2,700 linear feet of the Gore Valley Trail between Matterhorn Drive (Donovan Park) and the West Vail Conoco. Trail users will be accommodated on the shoulders of the South Frontage Road and West Gore Creek Drive as needed. Project contacts are Roby Forsyth, RPM Construction at 970-471-5584; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.
Additional construction projects to be scheduled by the town later in the year include bridge replacement on Bridge Road in East Vail beginning in July and reconstruction of the Gore Valley Trail retaining wall at Dowd Junction in August. For additional details, contact Tom Kassmel, town engineer, at 970-479-2235.