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Weekly Construction Update, April 4

  • 1 April 2016

Primary Contact: Leonard Sandoval, Town of Vail Construction Area Coordinator
970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198;

Upcoming Events & Activities

Start of Vail I-70 Underpass Major Construction, April 4
Annual Construction Kickoff  Meeting, April 6
Free Landscape Workshop, April 7
Start of Weekly Construction Update Meetings, April 12
Closing Day Vail Mountain, April 17
Free Parking/Spring Bus Service, April 18

Parking, Transit Operations Extended to April 17

Parking and transit operations are being extended to Sunday, April 17 to match the new closing date for Vail Mountain. With the one-week extension, all parking passes issued by the Town of Vail will be valid through the remainder of the 2015-16 winter season to coincide with the extension of paid parking. In addition, Vail Transit will continue to operate its winter bus schedule through April 17. ECO Transit will switch from the fall/winter schedule to the spring/summer schedule as planned on Monday, April 4. However, service levels will be closely monitored by ECO and adjustments will be made as needed through April 17.

Weekly Construction Update Meetings Resume in Spring

The first spring construction update meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 12. Meetings will be held on the ground level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. If you have any questions, please contact Leonard Sandoval, Town of Vail area construction coordinator, at 970-479-2198 or email

Here’s a recap of the various construction projects in and around Vail.

Golf Course Neighborhood

Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse Renovation, 1775 Sunburst Drive 
Installation of the steel framing is nearly complete, wood framing is ongoing. Site, utility work and completion of the parking lot improvements are scheduled to start mid-April. The goal is to have the cart barn available by June 1 as this will provide a location to store and charge the golf carts for summer operations. Landscaping to restore the golf course is scheduled for spring as soon as snow has melted. The overall project includes significant improvements to the clubhouse, new utilities, drainage, parking lot improvements and the use of temporary structures to allow for golf and Nordic operations during construction. As part of the renovation, all existing uses of the building, such as the pro shop, Nordic center, restaurant and cart storage will receive significant improvements. The project also includes a modest expansion to accommodate community uses. Completion of project is currently scheduled for September 2016. The contractor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198;

Vail Village

Golden Peak Pickleball Courts, 461 Vail Valley Drive
The Golden Peak Pickleball Court project has been approved by the Planning and Environmental Commission and the Design Review Board. Construction documents are being finalized and construction is anticipated to begin in May and be completed in July. The work includes replacement of the existing tennis courts with six pickleball courts and construction of a unisex public restroom, drinking fountain, parking and landscape improvements. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, 970-479-2161. 

Ford Park Pedestrian Bridge repairs
On the south side of Ford Park, the bridge access from Vail Valley Drive will be closed for repairs. Work is currently scheduled to start on May 1 with completion scheduled for mid-June. The Nature Center path will remain open and access to Ford Park will be accessible via Manor Vail or the South Frontage Road. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
Construction on the project continues with work contained within the construction fence. This project consists of a new fourth floor and expansions on the south and west sides. All construction vehicle access will enter and exit on Vail Road/West Meadow Drive. All hospital services will remain open and fully functional throughout the construction. To access the Emergency Department, use West Meadow Drive. All other patients and visitors should access the hospital via South Frontage Road West. Phase I is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Kevin Fone, 303-901-8878. VVMC Construction Team contacts are Mike Pritchard, 970-471-9367 and Mark Lehman, 970-471-9662. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Vail Village Transportation Center Remodel
A remodel of the Vail Village Transportation Center terminal is scheduled to begin April 11.  Work includes new floor tile, benches and painting. Completion of the project is scheduled for late May 2016. Town of Vail Contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Gorsuch Building, Commissary Restaurant, 263 Gore Creek Dr.
Construction work continues with all activity taking place behind the construction fence. All construction deliveries will occur prior to 10:30 a.m. unless approval is granted by the Town of Vail. This project is for a full-service restaurant in the prior Ore House location and includes interior and exterior improvements. The estimated completion date is mid-June 2016. Contractor is Rocky Mountain Construction Group; contact is Mark Hallenbeck, 719-499-9248.

Sebastian Unit 507 reconstruction, 16 Vail Road
All construction work is in the interior of the building. Landscaping is scheduled for spring 2016. Remodel consists of exterior and interior work to the fifth floor and roof. Project completion date is spring 2016. General Contractor has changed; new contractor is Silich Construction and will be responsible for completion of the interior finishes. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Lionshead Village

Vail Spa Exterior remodel, 710 West Lionshead Circle
Improvements include new stucco and paint, new windows, exterior and interior pool improvements and new locker rooms. Contractor is R.A. Nelson & Associates, Justin Pronga, 970-949-5152, Start date to be determined pending approvals. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

The Lion Redevelopment (formerly Strata and Lionshead Inn and Lionshead Annex), 705 W. Lionshead Circle
Construction activity is currently contained within the fence. Completion of the project is scheduled during the 2016-2017 winter season. Impacts include various periodic single lane closures along the South Frontage Road and West Lionshead Circle throughout the duration of the project. Contractor is PCL Construction, Inc. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-479-2198.

Arrabelle at Vail Square Waterproofing Repairs, 675 West Lionshead Circle
Work to repair 17 decks with water proofing issues and other miscellaneous maintenance is scheduled to start on April 11. Impacted areas within the Lionshead Mall will be the Montaneros alley, the north end near Sunbird Park, the east end of the Arrabelle as well as the Arrabelle Plaza. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, pedestrian and traffic control personnel will be provided. Completion is scheduled for mid-June. Contractor is PCL Construction Company. Vail Resorts contact is Matt Lydens, 970-331-7755.

Skatepark at Lionshead parking structure, 350 South Frontage Road West
Work is scheduled to resume in late April with a completion date of early June 2016. Contractor is California Skateparks. Contact is Steve Berger, 909-721-7341. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, 970-479-2161. 


I-70 Vail Underpass project
Starting Monday, April 4, I-70 traffic will be diverted to a head-to-head configuration on the eastbound side of I-70 while the westbound I-70 underpass bridge is built. Once the new westbound I-70 bridge is built, traffic will be switched over to the westbound side of I-70 while the eastbound I-70 bridge is built. Expect minor delays on I-70 during this phase and minimal impacts on the frontage roads during bridge construction. The bridges are scheduled to be completed in July, at which time I-70 will reopen to two lanes of traffic in each direction and the frontage roads will be detoured to function as one-way travel only through the project site; North Frontage Road will be westbound traffic only at the project site and the South Frontage Road will be eastbound traffic only at the project site. This traffic flow will be in place until the end of November at which time the frontage roads will return to two-way traffic for the winter. The project is scheduled for completion by December 2017. For updated project information, visit, or call the project hotline at 970-685-7706.

Xcel Energy HP utility work
Work is on the South Frontage Road near Donovan Park, requires excavation across both of the travel lanes and installation of a new above ground valve set. The lowering and relocating of utilities is part of the I-70 Vail Underpass Project. Work is schedule for mid-May/June. Contractor is Snelson Companies Inc./Xcel Energy. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Fire Station 1 remodel (East Vail), 4116 Columbine Dr.
MW Golden Constructors has been selected as the contractor. This project will increase the size of the apparatus bay to improve functionality and safety. It will also include space for firefighting equipment storage. The project will add one employee housing unit, while eliminating resident firefighter dormitories which have been moved to the West Vail Fire Station. The finished project will also showcase landscaping which meets scenic screening objectives while providing for sufficient fire defensible space. Start date to be determined pending approvals. Town of Vail contact is John King. 970-479-2170.

Booth Creek Park redevelopment, 2900 Manns Ranch Road
The Booth Creek Park Redevelopment project has been approved by the Planning and Environmental Commission and the Design Review Board. Bidding documents are scheduled to be available to general contractors on April 7. Construction is anticipated to begin in late May. The work involves a compete redevelopment of the existing park and includes new hard-surface tennis courts, picnic pavilion, restroom and children’s playground. The park is anticipated to be completed in October 2016. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer at 970-479-2161.

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa Remodel, 1300 Westhaven Dr.
This $35 million renovation is scheduled to begin this spring with completion in December 2016. The project includes upgrades to guest rooms, lounge and bar area, new spa and more. The Aria Athletic Club and Spa and Vail Cascade Condominiums will remain open throughout the construction. Start date and contractor to be determined pending approvals.

Lion’s Ridge Apartment Homes construction (redevelopment of eastern half of Timber Ridge), 1265 N. Frontage Road W.
Construction continues on buildings 3 & 4. Completion of the project is currently scheduled for the end of May or early June. All work is contained within the site. This project involves the demolition of 102 two-bedroom units and the construction of 112 new one- and two-bedroom units. Contractor is RA Nelson. Town of Vail contact is George Ruther, 970-479-2145.

Chamonix Residential Development Site Work, 2310 Chamonix Road
United Companies is scheduled to start work on the utility infrastructure at the site on April 11, with mobilization of equipment and the installation of erosion control devices, pending weather and site conditions. Completion of work is scheduled for early June. Work includes installation of storm sewer, water and sewer mains and conduits for electric/phone/TV on the site and storm sewer upgrades at the north side West Vail roundabout. Work in the roundabout is scheduled to occur at night due to traffic volumes and safety. Work adjacent to the roundabout will occur during the day. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Asphalt Overlay         
The town has contracted with Elam Construction for asphalt milling and overlay on Chamonix Lane, Buffehr Creek Road and the western portion of Lionsridge Loop. Work is anticipated to take approximately two weeks and completed by mid-June. Town of Vail Contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Slurry Seal  
The town has contracted with A-1 Chipseal to complete this year’s slurry seal surface treatment project. Slurry seal will occur on town streets in the Matterhorn, Glen Lyon and Booth Creek neighborhoods. Slurry seal creates a new wearing surface and seals the asphalt to prevent the damaging effects of water intrusion into the pavement and oxidation from the sun. Single lane closures will be in place while the slurry seal is placed and traffic will be allowed back on the surface once the product dries, typically three hours. Work is anticipated to take approximately three weeks and completed by end of June 2016. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Colorado Department of Transportation Projects

I-70 Chain Station
CDOT has contracted with SEMA Construction for improvements to the chain station in East Vail. Construction includes expanding the eastbound chain station 1,500 feet to the west, retaining wall between the interstate and frontage road, upgraded lighting and water quality.  The eastbound I-70 outside shoulder will be reduced to two feet from 10 feet on WB I-70 through the chain station expansion.  After May, the existing chain up station may be closed until September. Traffic on the frontage road will be narrowed and shifted with reduced shoulder widths with periodic single lane closure of the Frontage Road and I-70. There will be a bike route detour in place during construction that routes around the project using the Eagle Valley Trail, Vail Valley Drive and Sunburst Drive. The project is scheduled to begin early May and be completed prior to the 2016-2017 ski season. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169. 

I-70 Eagle-Vail Bridges
2016 work includes bridge rehabilitation and deck repairs on the westbound bridge. The median crossover will be used and one direction of I-70 will be closed, similar to last years work. This week crews will be repairing the bike path adjacent to US 6, as well as replacing guardrail on eastbound I-70. For information call 970-306-0155 or email

I-70 Vail Pass Barrier Project
Construction includes replacement of substandard bridge rail and concrete barrier on I-70 from milepost180 to 186 on eastbound and westbound. Traffic Impacts during the bridge rail work include narrowing and shifting the through-lanes and single lane closures for the concrete barrier replacement. The maximum length of lane closures will be two miles to further minimize delays in each direction. Two lanes will be open from Friday at 7 a.m. until Monday at 7 a.m. The project will have some night work.  Construction is scheduled to begin in May, weather dependent, and be completed in 2017 with no work occurring between approximately October 2016 and end of April 2017. CDOT contact is Mike Voxakis,

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