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Weekly Construction Update, July 22

  • 19 July 2019

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

I-70 Traffic Advisories

Dowd Rockfall Work – The Colorado Department of Transportation will stop traffic intermittently on eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 through Dowd Canyon (mile 171-173) on Monday, July 22, for rock scaling operations. Traffic will be stopped once or twice an hour for approximately 30 minutes between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Cyclists and pedestrians also will not be permitted to travel on the bike path through Dowd Canyon while I-70 is closed to traffic. Following scaling operations, the right lane of westbound I-70 will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to clean the ditch along the right shoulder to restore its effectiveness as a rockfall catch area.  Delays should be anticipated throughout the day.  An updated work schedule will be distributed Monday afternoon.  

Vail Wall Repairs Project  –  Motorists can expect eastbound, right shoulder closures and eastbound, left lane closures on I-70 Vail Pass, between milemarker 185.5 to 186.5 between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25. These closures are for retention wall repairs along the interstate. Minor delays expected.

Construction Meetings

Weekly construction meetings are taking place every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. on the ground level of the Lionshead Welcome Center until Nov. 15. Contractors working in the areas of the Vail Village and Lionshead core areas are asked to attend, provide updates, coordinate and communicate any impacts as it relates to construction activity within the right of way and to the general public; the pubic is invited to attend. For more information, contact Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Upcoming Events Calendar – Construction Restrictions

Vail Farmers’ Market, June 16 – Oct. 6
Vail Kids Adventures Games, August 7 – 11
Labor Day Weekend, August 31 – September 2

Online Citizen Portal

Customers of the Community Development Department have access to a 24/7 online citizen portal to submit applications for contractor registration and various construction-related permits. The portal, at http://vail.onlinegovt.com/ also accepts planning applications for review by the Design Review Board and Planning and Environmental Commission. In addition, residents can access the citizen portal to submit a code enforcement request or check to see the status of any permit activity in their neighborhood. To view frequently asked questions, visit http://www.vailgov.com/online-services.

Email Notification Service for Contractors and Consultants

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Here’s a recap of the various construction projects currently ongoing in Vail.

Vail Village

Mountain View Residence Phase II, 434 South Frontage Road East
The 500-ton crane is in place and is located on the Apollo Park parking lot. The crane is needed to install the precast concrete on the project. The north side of the parking garage is the staging area for trucks and material deliveries. General contractor is Shaw Builders LLC. Jim Heid, 970-904-5669.Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Main Vail Roundabout, Holy Cross Energy Repairs
The excavation work at the Main Vail Roundabout has been delayed until after the Labor Day Holiday. Holy Cross Energy will be working to install new switch gear vaults within their utility easement; work includes pulling new cable and connecting as needed. This requires a single lane and sidewalk closure. Please exercise caution as you travel around them. Traffic control will be provided. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Gore Creek Riparian Buffer Plantings
Contractors will be installing native plantings along multiple sections of Gore Creek between Ford Park and Cascade Village. No impacts to the public are anticipated. The project is anticipated for completion by the end of August. Contractors are SHC Landscape, Mike Stephens, 970-904-0198 (Village area) and Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Brian Wells, 970-331-1446 (Lionshead area). Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, 970-390-3286.

Slifer Square Water Feature Replacement
Construction work on the fountain is on hold until after the Labor Day holiday. BrightView Land Development, Inc. is on site working to replace the existing water feature in Slifer Square located between the Vail Village parking structure and the Covered Bridge. The work is required to eliminate the water leak and improve the safety of the water feature. The work is now scheduled for completion in fall 2019. The work zone has been reduced to the immediate area of the fountain and in-town bus traffic has returned to the normal route. This work follows up the completion of deep utility work and stormwater quality improvements in Slifer Square in 2018.Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, 970-479-2161.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Redevelopment, 598 Vail Valley Drive
Bike path is open to the public, Phase I of the project has received a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy; areas still under construction are contained within the construction fenced area. Site grading, cleanup and landscaping continues. This is a redevelopment of the Ski and Snowboard Vail site to include a private and public club and multi-family residential dwelling units. Completion date is summer of 2019. General contractor is Viele and Company, David Viele, 970-476-3082. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Hill Building, 254 Bridge Street
This project is nearing completion. Remaining construction deliveries will continue to occur on Bridge Street for the project between 7 and 8:30 a.m. only. This is a major remodel of the building. The project completion date is scheduled for mid summer of 2019. Contractor is Olson & Sons Construction Inc., Tim Olson, 970-390-7303. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Vail Health Master Facility Plan, 180 S. Frontage Road
The 300-ton crane required to install the pre cast concrete is on site. Precast concrete deliveries continue and will be unloaded from the South Frontage Road staging area. Concrete pours will continue on the south side of the site adding vehicle congestion to West Meadow Drive.  Please exercise caution along South Frontage Road and West Meadow Drive. Phase II of the Master Facility Plan includes the tear-down and replacement of the current east wing administration building and garage, replacing it with a new parking garage and hospital building to house new emergency and imaging departments, as well as a new lobby, central plant, tenant space and material management department. All hospital services will remain open and fully functional throughout the construction. To access the Emergency Department, use Vail Road/West Meadow Drive. Hospital patients and visitors should park (valet parking only, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) in the hospital parking lot on West Meadow Drive. Patients and guests of the Medical Professional Building (US Bank) should park (valet parking, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the underground parking lot of the Medical Professional Building accessible by West Meadow Drive. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Christian Earl, 307-203-9242.Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.
                                                                               
Row House Units 9 & 10, 303 Gore Creek Drive
Single lane closures are scheduled for deliveries throughout the summer and fall months; pending public way permit approval, traffic control will be provided. Construction activity will be contained within property boundaries and construction fencing. Project consists of an interior and exterior remodel. Contractor is Beck Building, Gary Kendall, 720-202-5645. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Row House Units 11, 303 Gore Creek Drive
Single lane closures are scheduled for deliveries throughout the summer and fall months; pending public way permit approval, traffic control will be provided. Project consists of an interior/exterior remodel and addition. Project completion date has yet TBD. Contractor is SRE Building Associates, Casey Brune, 970-376-5568. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Lionshead 

Antlers at Vail, 680 Lionshead Place
Concrete pours are scheduled throughout the month of July on Lionshead Place which will require a single lane and sidewalk closure; traffic control will be provided. Work consists of remodel/addition to existing lobby (3rd floor) and an addition of a 4th floor to the lobby which will be offices and a conference room. A new elevator will be included in the addition that will extend from the lower level of parking to the 7th floor. Along with the existing conference room and existing accounting offices, these areas will be remodeled into a new condominium unit. The Antlers courtyard will be closed during construction. Completion is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2019. Contractor is Hyder Construction, David Halvorsen, 303-517-3694. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Gore Creek Riparian Buffer Plantings
Contractors will be installing native plantings along multiple sections of Gore Creek between Ford Park and Cascade Village. No impacts to the public are anticipated. The project is anticipated for completion by the end of August. Contractors are SHC Landscape, Mike Stephens, 970-904-0198 (Village area) and Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Brian Wells, 970-331-1446 (Lionshead area). Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, 970-390-3286.

Battle Mountain/Lazier Parking Garage, 534 East Lionshead Cr.
New proposed projects on the eastern and western portion of the lots are currently under design. Start date TBD. General contractor is Meadow Mountain Homes, Sean McGinley, 970-926-2824 (office); Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Lionsquare Lodge South Interior Renovation, 660 Lionshead Place
New driveway entrance to parking lot nearing completion, work to remove old existing access will be underway. The project includes interior upgrades to the existing conference room, including new celling finishes, room dividers, lighting and interior trim and parking lot improvements. Contractor is R.A. Nelson & Associates Inc., Matt Anderson. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Outlying

I-70 Vail Pass Wall Repairs
The Colorado Department of Transportation is making repairs to eight walls on Interstate 70 – one in West Vail and seven along Vail Pass. Motorists can expect eastbound, right shoulder closures and eastbound, left lane closures on I-70 Vail Pass, between milemarker 185.5 to 186.5 between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25. These closures are for retention wall repairs along the interstate. Minor delays expected. Work is weather dependent and subject to change. Repairs will continue through the end of July with minor traffic impacts. Regular work hours are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Fridays until noon with the possibility of Saturday work when needed. Regular night time work hours for single lane closures on eastbound I-70 will be 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Work is weather dependent and subject to change. For more information about the project, visit the project web page. www.codot.gov/projects/i-70-vail-pass-wall-repairs or call the project public information number at 970-445-2455. 

I-70 Avon to Vail Resurfacing
The Colorado Department of Transportation, with United Companies, is resurfacing all lanes and shoulders of I-70 between Avon and West Vail. They will also replace guardrail and bridge joints, extend the eastbound acceleration lane at the Minturn exit and improve drainage. Construction has begun and will continue through mid-October 2019. General working hours will be nightly from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Motorists can expect a single lane closure, both EB and WB I-70 during work hours, with speeds reduced to 40 mph for safety. All business access will be maintained but only temporarily altered. For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 970-661-3883, email the team at I70AvontoVail@yahoo.com, or visit the project website to sign up for free updates at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-70-improvements-between-avon-and-vail.

Ford Park, Frontage Road Landscaping
Landscape planting is taking place between the Ford Park Parking Lot and the South Frontage Road. Some parking spaces in the area may be coned off.  Work will continue between scheduled events over the next few weeks. The contractor is GH Daniels and Associates. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, 970-479-2161.

I-70 East Vail Landscape Improvements
Landscaping and punch list items are scheduled for spring/summer of 2019. Work began the week of April 22. The Town of Vail has contracted with Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes to install landscape improvements at the East Vail interchange. This work follows the installation of the water quality improvements at the interchange completed earlier. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Bridge Road Over Gore Creek Replacement
The town has contracted with Kraemer North America to replace the existing Bridge Road Structure over Gore Creek.  The new single span bridge will replace the existing triple culvert structure. Starting July 8, Bridge Road has been closed at Bighorn Road and Lupine Drive to facilitate the bridge construction. Project completion is scheduled for Dec. 1, 2019. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Kinnikinnick Road Over Gore Creek Replacement
The town has contracted with G.A. Western Construction Company to replace the bridge deck on the western Kinnikinnick Road Bridge over Gore Creek. Starting July 15, the western Kinnikinnick Road Bridge will be closed to facilitate the bridge deck construction. The Vail Transit Intermountain bus stop will be relocated to the eastern intersection of Kinnikinnick Road and South Frontage Road (near the community garden) during construction. The project completion is scheduled for Oct. 18, 2019. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Buffehr Creek Road Water Quality Improvements
The town has contracted with Icon, Inc. to complete water quality improvements on Buffehr Creek Road from approximately 1730 Buffehr Creek Road to 1677 Buffehr Creek Road.  Work includes drainage inlet upgrades to collect sediment and installation of curb and gutter along the downhill lane to prevent ditch erosion.  Work will require single lane closures with flaggers during working hours. The project is scheduled to begin Monday, July 15.  Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-49-2169.

North Recreation Path, 551 North Frontage Road
The Town of Vail has hired Haselden Construction to make improvements on the steep slope of the bike path between Sun Vail and the Pedestrian Overpass Bridge over I-70, near the Red Sandstone School. Works consist of re-grading the path and drainage improvements. Work will require the bike path to be closed. Pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured along the frontage road to the east side of the Overpass Bridge. Traffic control will be provided. Start date was July 8; completion date is scheduled for Aug. 5, 2019. Contractor is Haselden Construction, Nate Ainsworth, 303-242-4041. Town of Vail contact, Greg Hall, 970-479-2160.

Red Sandstone School Renovation, 551 North Frontage Road
The exterior and site work (landscaping, etc.) will be completed in the summer months. The project has included the complete renovation of Red Sandstone Elementary School. This included removal of the existing exterior finish material and installing new IECC compliant insulation and new exterior finishes, rearranging the existing school program and classrooms to allow for larger classrooms (to meet the current Eagle County School District standards). The new two-story addition along the south façade of the building has created a cafeteria, serving line and secure vestibule, all of which the school did not previously have. The second level of the addition expands the library space into a media center space as well. Contractor is Haselden Construction, Nate Ainsworth, 303-242-4041.

Water Main Installation, VRD Gymnastics Center & Camp Vail, Red Sandstone Elementary School
Installation of an upgraded water main in front of the VRD Gymnastics Center, which was a continuation of the new water main installed for the Solar Vail project, is complete. Asphalt milling is scheduled for July 22. Final paving will be coordinated by town of Vail and Haselden Construction in conjunction with punch list and finish work related to the parking garage. ERWSD contact is Niko Nemcanin, 970-471-1084.

Red Sandstone Parking Garage, 551 North Frontage Road West
Punch list items include repairing damaged asphalt, which includes bus stop and certain areas of the access road to the school/Camp Vail and gymnastics center. Asphalt milling is scheduled for July 22, repaving is scheduled for Aug. 5- 9. Traffic control will be provided. Landscaping and other punch list items continue. Contractor is Haselden Construction, Nate Ainsworth, 303-242-4041. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Solar Vail Apartments, 501 N. Frontage Road West
Project is contained within the construction fence. The former employee housing located just east of the Vail Gymnastics Center is being replaced with a 4-story, 65-unit rental housing development by Sonnenalp Resorts. Occupancy is anticipated by October 2019. Contractor is R.A. Nelson, Justin Pronga, 970-471-0509. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval 970-390-4677.

Vail Mountain

Snowmaking Installation
For real-time trail status information, visit www.vail.com/trailstatus. On the lower right side of the page there are hiker and biker symbols and by clicking on them you can turn them on and off, yellow on and grey off.  Red trails indicate closed and green indicates open. 


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