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Weekly Construction Update for Nov. 2

  • 30 October 2015

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

Upcoming Events & Notices

Nov. 10      Last construction weekly update meeting of the season
Nov. 15      Last day of approved construction on street parking
Nov. 20      Vail Mountain opens for the season
Nov. 20      Paid parking begins in Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures
Dec. 14      Winter bus service begins

Weekly Construction Update Meetings

Weekly construction update meetings are taking place at 9 a.m. each Tuesday through Nov. 10 in the Lionshead Welcome Center, 395 East Lionshead Circle. Facilitated by Leonard Sandoval, Town of Vail construction area coordinator, the meetings include updates on projects such as the new skatepark at the Lionshead parking structure, expansion of Vail Valley Medical Center, realignment of the entry to the Vail Municipal Building and scheduled utility projects. Neighbors, contractors and others impacted by the various construction projects are invited to participate.

Golf Course Clubhouse Renovation Meeting

The weekly Wednesday Golf Course clubhouse meetings have been discontinued for the year. For questions or concerns, contact Leonard Sandoval at 970-479-2198 (office) or email For additional information and other details, visit the project website at

Fall Construction Season

 Contractors are allowed to work within the public right-of-way in Vail Village and Lionshead from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week from Sept. 8 to Nov. 15, with the exception of designated special events. All contractors must adhere to the construction guidelines which are described in the 2015 Vail Village/Lionshead Village construction information handout. To view a map of the 2015 projects or for other construction related information, click here.

Vail Police: Be Bear Aware

The Vail Police Department is reminding contractors to be mindful about bears and other wildlife. Construction sites are required to use bear-proof containers. Be sure to remove all food items from vehicles and keep them locked. Report all bear activity by calling the police department at 970-479-2201.

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

Golf Course Neighborhood

Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse Renovation, 1775 Sunburst Drive
Golf/Nordic temporary structures have been installed and pending final building inspection will be open to the public on Nov. 2. Excavation for the new sewer service line as well as the new storm sewer pipe is taking place and work on the existing parking lot is underway. The parking lot will be closed through Nov. 9 with asphalt paving and striping scheduled for the week of Nov. 2, pending weather conditions. The overall project includes significant improvements to the clubhouse, new utilities, drainage, parking lot improvements and the installation of temporary structures to allow for golf and Nordic operations during construction. Note: closing day for golf operations was Oct. 25. Nordic operations will begin on Nov. 2 with season pass and retail sales in temporary facilities. 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. The contractor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198;

Vail Village

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
Utility work is ongoing on the southwest side of VVMC along West Meadow Drive, which includes relocating a fire hydrant, new electrical service and relocating a CenturyLink pedestal. A temporary lane and sidewalk closure is required Nov. 2-15. Traffic control will be provided. On Nov. 6-9, G.E. Johnson and Encore Electric will be working 24 hrs. a day on the main electrical service to the hospital; temporary generators will be installed to keep the building operational.  This project consists of a new fourth floor and expansions on the south and west sides. Steel deliveries and installation are ongoing. All construction vehicle access will enter and exit on Vail Road/West Meadow Drive. Please exercise caution with the delivery of materials and oversize equipment. 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.

Town of Vail Municipal Building Parking Lot Improvements, 75 S. Frontage Road
Work continues with landscaping and restoration of the old driveway entrance and site work. Re-striping of South Frontage Road is scheduled for Nov. 6, pending weather conditions. This project includes relocating and improving the Municipal Building parking lot access, South Frontage Road improvements, the construction of new turn lanes to Vail Valley Medical Center and the Municipal Building and landscaping. Completion of project is scheduled for Nov. 13.  Public access to the Community Development Building is on the north side of the Municipal parking lot. A limited amount of public parking is available on site. Traffic control is provided by Upper Valley Elite. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Andy Sandoval, 970-376-2532. Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2235.

Vail Village Parking Structure, third floor restrooms remodel (Near La Cantina), 240 S. Frontage Road West
The men’s and women’s restrooms, which closed on Sept. 28 to allow a full remodel of the third floor restrooms and locker rooms, is scheduled to be completed on Nov. 13. Work includes all new plumbing fixtures, countertops and tile walls and floors. Temporary restrooms are being provided on the top deck of the structure at the east end of the Welcome Center. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-376-0949.

Gorsuch Building, Commissary Restaurant, 263 Gore Creek Dr.
Full service restaurant in the prior Ore House location, includes interior and exterior improvements. Project is underway with demo and exterior excavations. Completion date of spring 2016. Construction fencing will be in place on town right-of-way along Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive until Nov. 15. It will then be relocated to accommodate skier traffic. Contractor is Rocky Mountain Construction Group; contact is Mark Hallenbeck, 719-499-9248.

Sebastian Unit 507 reconstruction, 16 Vail Road
Tower crane has been removed; work continues to remove the scaffolding and restoration to the damaged landscape and sidewalk. Remodel consists of exterior and interior work to the fifth floor and roof. Work includes use of a tower crane and construction staging within CDOT right-of-way. During construction, a temporary single lane and sidewalk closures on the South Frontage Road will be required to accommodate construction. Project completion date is April 2016. Construction activity within CDOT right-of-way will be completed by Nov. 15, 2015. Contractor is Haselden Construction. Contact is Brandon Hern, 303-482-7685.

Lionshead Village

Skatepark at Lionshead parking structure, 350 South Frontage Road West
Includes new skatepark, lighting and public art. Project is underway; completion is scheduled for early November 2015. Contractor is California Skateparks. Contact is Steve Berger, 909-721-7341. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, 970-479-2161. 

The Lion Redevelopment (formerly Strata and Lionshead Inn and Lionshead Annex), 705 W. Lionshead Circle
Construction continues with concrete pours and steel deliveries. Construction activity is currently contained within the fence. Construction began last spring and is scheduled for a fall 2016 completion. 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.


I-70 Vail Underpass Project
In preparation for the start of construction of the I-70 Vail Underpass Project in April 2016, CDOT is constructing temporary paved cross-over detours within the median of I-70 this fall. This work is taking place throughout October between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and will extend into early November. Motorists may utilize the North and South Frontage Roads as alternative routes during the work to avoid delays that may occur on I-70 due to the single lane closures at MM 175, between the Vail Town Center I-70 Exit (Exit 176) and the West Vail I-70 Exit (Exit 173). The fall work will take advantage of the weather to ensure construction stays on schedule. Major construction will begin in April 2016. At that time, the median cross-over detours will be used to carry all lanes of I-70 traffic on either the eastbound or westbound sides while the underpass bridge is built on the opposite side of the highway. For more information, visit and view the Weekly Lane Closure Report.Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2235.

Lion’s Ridge Apartment Homes construction (redevelopment of eastern half of Timber Ridge), 1265 N. Frontage Road W.
Buildings 1 and 2 (east side) are complete. Construction continues on buildings 3 & 4. Completion of entire project is scheduled for spring 2016. 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.

Marriott Residences (formerly Roost Lodge), 1783 Frontage Road West
Construction is currently on hold. Proposed construction start date is now scheduled for spring of 2016. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company. Contact is Andy Sandoval, 970-376-2523.

I-70 Bridge improvements at Eagle-Vail
This Colorado Department of Transportation project began last August and consists of repairing and rehabilitating both the eastbound and westbound bridge structures located near mile marker 168.7, at the point where I-70 crosses over both the Eagle River and Highway 6. More specifically, work includes girder repair, bridge deck repair and repaving. Structures, Inc. of Englewood is the contractor for the $8.1 million project. It is scheduled for completion before July 2016. For additional information about this project, email to be added to the electronic updates.

Rockledge Road and mid-Forest Road water, sewer and drainage improvements
In a joint project with the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, water, sewer and storm drain infrastructure was upgraded on Rockledge Road and a portion of Forest Road. All water and sewer main replacement and paving operations are complete. Remaining work includes re-grading roadside ditches, erosion control and cleanup. Project completion is scheduled for Nov. 13. Work will resume after the 2015-16 ski season to fully reconstruct disturbed areas and complete final cleanup. Eagle River Water and Sanitation District contact is John Cahill, 970-471-5357. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

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