Representatives from the Town of Vail and the Colorado Department of Transportation will be hosting an open house to present the final design of the I-70 Vail Underpass project and the upcoming construction schedule. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Grand View on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Community members interested in the project are invited to stop by at any time to discuss the work with representatives from the Town of Vail and CDOT as well as the current general contractor, Kraemer North America.
The underpass will be built beneath I-70 between the West Vail and Town Center exits. The connection is situated between the Savoy Villas and Simba Run condominiums on the north side and a few hundred yards east of the Cascade Village entrance on the south side. An extensive landscaping plan will provide a buffer for adjacent properties and a public art component will be used to enhance the project and provide headlight glare screens. Noise walls have been eliminated from the project after a survey of impacted properties showed a lack of support for the sound barriers.
Construction of the underpass is scheduled to begin in April of 2016; however in order to be prepared to start major construction in April, CDOT will complete preliminary detour paving adjacent to I-70 this October. Construction will take up to 20 months from the April start with completion in December 2017.
The Vail underpass has been identified in regional transportation plans for more than 20 years to help relieve congestion at the two interchanges and improve transit circulation and emergency response within the town. It will also provide a safe and efficient alternative for pedestrians and bicyclists. The $30.1million project is being funded through a partnership between the Town of Vail and CDOT with the town pledging 29 percent of the costs and CDOT funding the remainder.
For more information, visit vailgov.com/underpass
or contact Tom Kassmel
, town engineer, at 970-479-2235.