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Weekly Construction Update, July 25

  • 22 July 2016

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

Upcoming Events & Activities

Community Picnic - Donovan Park, Aug. 9
Town of Vail 50th Birthday Party, Aug. 23

I-70 Vail Underpass Phase 2 Critical Updates

  • Beginning mid-day Monday, July 25, motorists at the Town Center interchange in Vail will be directed into a new lane configuration that will add additional capacity for commuters accessing the Interstate 70 westbound on-ramp. The northbound lane beneath I-70 will be restriped to carry two 11 foot lanes of traffic through the underpass around the north side teardrop roundabout, and then onto the I-70 westbound on-ramp.
    Engineers from the town and Colorado Department of Transportation will be monitoring the new configuration throughout the week to determine if the trial period will be continued. Engineers estimate the two-lane travel will increase capacity by 30 percent at the interchange, helping to provide some relief to the weekday commuter congestion that has been occurring between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
  • CenturyLink's subcontractor is continuing with fiber optic line relocation within the road closure limits on the South Frontage Road as part of the underpass project. This work is anticipated to be completed by July 29 with work taking place 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Light plants will be utilized as necessary to complete the work between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. 

Weekly Construction Update Meetings

 Meetings are held at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays 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 lsandoval@vailgov.com.

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 
Building interior, exterior, site, landscaping, utility work, golf course restoration and completion of the parking lot improvements continue. The project will remain under construction until its completion which is scheduled for mid-September 2016. Please exercise caution in the area and avoid entering the construction site. 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. The contractor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198; lsandoval@vailgov.com.

Vail Village

Christy Sports Remodel, 293 Bridge Street
Work continues within the construction fence. Due to the alleyway being so narrow, a construction fence will not be installed in this area; however, when work is required, the contractor will provide a safe zone during daylight working hours only. This remodel consists of interior and exterior improvements; completion of work is scheduled for September 2016. Contractor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group, Elliott Montgomery. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Xcel Energy, South Frontage Road Work
Sitewise Corporation/Xcel Energy will be potholing the gas line on the South Frontage Road in two different locations to install a test lead used to monitor any leaks on the gas main service line. Work is scheduled to start on Monday, July 25, on the South Frontage Road just west of the Municipal Building parking lot entrance (75 South Frontage Road). The other location is near Donovan Park, just east of Matterhorn Circle. Completion of work is scheduled to take two days, including asphalt repair. The road is wide enough to maintain two-way traffic at all times, but a single lane closure is required and traffic control will be provided. Please exercise caution when traveling in the area. Contractor is Sitewise Corp. for Xcel Energy. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-479-2198

One Vail Place, 244 Wall Street
The re-roof project is 95 percent complete; minor repairs to the stucco and site cleanup remain. The contractor is working to complete the project ASAP.  Contractor is A.G. Roofing Company Inc. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Golden Peak Pickleball Courts, 461 Vail Valley Drive

Work is underway, project completion date is scheduled for early October 2016. Utilities are in place and construction of the courts is now scheduled to begin Monday, July 25. 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. 

Pepi’s Restaurant Addition, Gasthof Gramshammer, 231 Gore Creek Drive
On Monday, July 25, a 6 foot high green construction fence will be installed on lower Bridge Street, 5 feet away from the building for a total of 4 working days, Monday through Thursday, within the right of way July 25 thru July 28. The construction fence is required to allow demolition of the side entry. All debris will be removed in the morning hours between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Construction includes demolition of existing bathrooms and bar area, plus upgrade to mechanical systems, lighting, interior floor and wall finishes, expanded seating area to front of building, installation of  new NanaWall door, entry doors and windows, new roof and balcony. Completion date is scheduled for fall 2016. Contractor is Custom House Construction Group. CHC contact is Lori Mowder, 970-328-3040.

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
The pedestrian sidewalk in front of the hospital may have temporary closures to allow temporary site access and material delivery to the south side of the project during the summer months. Traffic control will be provided. Please exercise caution when in the area. 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.

Gorsuch Building, Commissary Restaurant, 263 Gore Creek Dr.
Interior and exterior improvements are ongoing. 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. Estimated completion date is late September 2016. Contractor is Rocky Mountain Construction Group; contact is Mark Hallenbeck, 719-499-9248.

Lionshead Village

Vail Spa Exterior remodel, 710 West Lionshead Circle
Completion date is scheduled for November 2016. Work is contained within the property boundaries. 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. 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
Interior and exterior work are ongoing. 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.

Outlying

I-70 Vail Underpass project

  • Beginning mid-day Monday, July 25, motorists at the Town Center interchange in Vail will be directed into a new lane configuration that will add additional capacity for commuters accessing the Interstate 70 westbound on-ramp. The northbound lane beneath I-70 will be restriped to carry two 11 foot lanes of traffic through the underpass around the north side teardrop roundabout, and then onto the I-70 westbound on-ramp. Engineers from the town and Colorado Department of Transportation will be monitoring the new configuration throughout the week to determine if the trial period will be continued. Engineers estimate the two-lane travel will increase capacity by 30 percent at the interchange, helping to provide some relief to the weekday commuter congestion that has been occurring between 4:30 and 6 p.m.
  • CenturyLink's subcontractor is continuing with fiber optic line relocation within the road closure limits on the South Frontage Road as part of the underpass project. This work is anticipated to be completed by July 29 with work taking place 7 days per week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Light plants will be utilized as necessary to complete the work between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. The work is being completed by a specialty utilities contractor with limited availability which requires the extended schedule to get the work completed. This will allow the fiber and telephone duct bank to be lowered in place up to 15’ with no interruption. This same operation will occur again at the end of August to facilitate CenturyLink’s fiber relocate on the North Frontage Road. The team will make every effort to direct the lights downward and onto the work itself to minimize glare impact to all surrounding residents and traffic.

Phase 2 of the I-70 Vail Underpass project includes major construction activities along the North and South Frontage Roads. The Frontage Roads are functioning as one-way traffic only though the project site. I-70 has generally returned to its two-way traffic flow in both directions; however, during non-peak days and times, intermittent single lane closures will be required throughout the summer months. The traffic flow on the Frontage Roads will mirror I-70 - the North Frontage Road is westbound only through the project site, while the South Frontage Road is eastbound traffic only through the project site. Apart from the project site, the Frontage Roads operate as normal two-way traffic.  Drivers traveling on the Frontage Roads who reach the one-way stretch in the wrong direction will have the opportunity to turn around and use I-70 or the opposite Frontage Road to reach their destination. Note: West Vail transit routes are operating with a modified schedule. The project is scheduled for completion by December 2017. For updated project information, visit www.codot.gov/projects/i70vailunderpass, or call the project hotline at 970-685-7706. To help commuters plan their drives and to follow progress of the construction, a webcam has been installed. Visit the project website or go to www.vailgov.com/webcams/i70 to view.

Xcel Energy HP South Frontage Road Utility Work
Work continues with lowering the high pressure gas main along the South Frontage Road between Donovan Park and the I-70 Underpass project. The work near Donovan Park requires excavation across both of the travel lanes near Donovan Park and installation of a new above- ground valve set. This work will require single lane two-way alternating traffic along the South Frontage Road throughout July.  During daytime operations, traffic control and flaggers will be present. Night time single lane operations will be controlled by temporary construction traffic signals. Expect delays along this section of the South Frontage Road and use an alternate route when possible. The lowering and relocating of utilities is part of the I-70 Vail Underpass project. Completion of the work is scheduled for late October 2016. 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.
A street cut to install a new water service line is currently on hold, the start date has yet TBD; a single lane closure is required and may take three days to complete. Traffic control will be provided. The fire station will remain staffed during construction. Due to safety concerns, members of the public who need to contact the crew at this location should call 911 for emergencies or 970-479-2257 for other business. 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. Contractor is MW Golden Constructors, Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Booth Creek Park redevelopment, 2900 Manns Ranch Road
Construction of the Booth Creek Park redevelopment project continues. Grading and drainage of the playground area and picnic pavilion and restroom footings are in progress. The work involves a compete redevelopment of the existing park and includes new hard-surface tennis courts, picnic pavilion, restrooms 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 project includes upgrades to guest rooms, restaurant, market, lounge and bar area, new spa and more. The Aria Athletic Club and Spa and Vail Cascade Condominiums will remain open throughout the construction. Contractor is PCL Construction Services, Brian Stromseth 303-365-6454.

Lion’s Ridge Apartment Homes construction (redevelopment of eastern half of Timber Ridge), 1265 N. Frontage Road W.
A temporary certificate of occupancy for buildings 3 and 4 has been issued by the Community Development Department. Landscaping and punch list items will continue until the project is complete. This project involved 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.

Colorado Department of Transportation Projects

I-70 Chain Station
Crews continue excavating for installation of the new lighting and retaining wall. The frontage road will be reduced to one lane during construction; delays of up to 5 minutes may be expected and flaggers will assist travelers. 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 westbound I-70 through the chain station expansion. The existing chain up station may be closed until September. There will be a bike route detour in place during construction that routes around the project using the Gore Valley Trail, Vail Valley Drive and Sunburst Drive. The project is scheduled be completed prior to the 2016-2017 ski season. CDOT has contracted with SEMA Construction for improvements to the chain station in East Vail. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169. 

I-70 Eagle-Vail Bridges
Traffic is in its normal travel configuration. Work will require intermittent closures on US Highway 6 for work on I-70. As always, this work is weather dependent. The project has entered its final phase with girder painting, pouring curb and gutter and working on the slope/ditch areas. Night work is planned. For information call 970-306-0155 or email I70EagleVail@gmail.com.

I-70 Vail Pass Barrier Project
Construction includes replacement of substandard bridge rail and concrete barrier on I-70 from milepost 180 to 186 on eastbound and westbound. Work has begun; expect periodic single lane closures on Vail Pass. 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 weather dependent and will be completed in 2017 with no work occurring between approximately October 2016 and end of April 2017. CDOT contact is Mike Voxakis, Michael.voxakis@state.co.us.


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