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Weekly Construction Update, June 13

  • 10 June 2016

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

Upcoming Events & Activities

Community Picnic - Bighorn Park, July 12
Community Picnic - Donovan Park, Aug. 9

I-70 Safety Campaign Announced

In anticipation of high volumes of summer travel, the Vail Police Department is announcing a partnership with CDOT and Kraemer North America to assist with speed enforcement as part of the I-70 Vail Underpass project. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger has committed to speed enforcement in these areas when not engaged in other police activities between mile marker 175 and 176 east and westbound and eastbound between mile marker 176 and 177. The purpose of the speed enforcement is to have zero serious injury crashes at the construction site. The partnership will take place throughout the construction, which will continue through December 2017. Contact Officer Mike Bindle at 970-479-2200 for details.

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

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 
Wood framing, site, landscaping, utility work, golf course restoration and completion of the parking lot improvements are ongoing. Asphalt paving and striping of the parking lot have been completed. The project will remain under construction until its completion which is scheduled for 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;

Vail Village

Christy Sports Remodel, 293 Bridge Street
Work is underway. 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.

One Vail Place, 244 Wall Street
This re-roof project is ongoing.  Completion date is scheduled for June 30, 2016. 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
Excavation for a new sewer service line is scheduled for June 13. Work will impact vehicle access at the intersection of Chalet Road and East Gore Creek Drive. Project completion date is scheduled for mid-August 2016. 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. 

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
West Meadow Drive and the pedestrian sidewalk in front of the hospital will have temporary closures during the spring season to allow concrete pours and material delivery to the south side of the project. 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.
The construction fence is out approximately four feet onto Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive to allow completion of the project. Retaining stone wall behind the construction fence has yet to be completed; target completion date is June 24. Concrete work 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. 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. Completion of the landscaping will occur in mid-June. Remodel consists of exterior and interior work to the fifth floor and roof. 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

Lionshead Parking Structure Maintenance
The town is scheduled to wash and paint the parking stalls in the Lionshead parking structure beginning Monday, June 13. The work will impact oversize vehicle parking on the top deck. Crews will be on hand closing areas and re-directing vehicle traffic. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Vail Spa Exterior remodel, 710 West Lionshead Circle
This project is underway with a completion date of 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 is 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.

Arrabelle at Vail Square Waterproofing Repairs, 675 West Lionshead Circle
Work to repair 17 decks with water proofing issues and other miscellaneous maintenance is underway. Impacted areas within the Lionshead Mall are 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. Project is on schedule, completion date is June 17. Contractor is PCL Construction Company. Vail Resorts contact is Matt Lydens, 970-331-7755.

Skatepark at Lionshead parking structure, 350 South Frontage Road West
Project is substantially complete with ongoing punch list items. 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
I-70 traffic has shifted to the north side of the interstate (into the westbound lanes) and construction is well underway on the I-70 eastbound underpass bridge. While I-70 will remain reduced to one lane, drivers should expect minor delays. In addition, there will be an ongoing lane shift for South Frontage Road westbound traffic to facilitate Xcel Energy gas relocation work in the area. Once the eastbound I-70 bridge is built, scheduled for July 1, I-70 will reopen to two lanes of traffic in each direction.  Beginning July 5, the frontage roads will be detoured to function as one-way travel only through the project site to allow for the lowering of both frontage roads; 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. Apart from the project site, the Frontage Roads will operate as normal two-way traffic. 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. 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 to view.

Xcel Energy HP utility work
Work is underway, lowering of the high pressure gas main along the South Frontage Road between Donovan Park and the I-70 Underpass project. Excavation work near Donovan Park will start on Wednesday, June 15. Work requires excavation across both of the travel lanes near Donovan Park and installation of a new above ground valve set. 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.
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
Construction of the Booth Creek Park redevelopment project is underway. Construction fencing and erosion control measures are being installed; demo of park will follow. 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 is currently in the early stages of construction awaiting approval of the required permits. Completion of project is scheduled for late 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. 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. 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
Installation of shallow utilities continues along with site restoration and restoration of the West Vail north roundabout. Construction 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. Completion of this work is scheduled for early June.  Contractor is United Companies. 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. Crews will be paving Buffehr Creek Road and Chamonix Lane this week. Work is anticipated to be completed by Wednesday, June 15. Project schedule is weather dependent. Town of Vail Contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Slurry Seal  
Work is scheduled to begin Monday, June 13 and be completed by Wednesday, June 15, weather dependent. 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. The town has contracted with A-1 Chipseal to complete this year’s slurry seal surface treatment project. 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. Crews are excavating for installation of the retaining wall between the interstate and frontage road.  Crews also will have the frontage road reduced to one lane, 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 WB I-70 through the chain station expansion.  After May, 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. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169. 

I-70 Eagle-Vail Bridges
Traffic is in its normal travel configuration with 11 foot width lanes and 1 foot shoulders. 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

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 is scheduled to begin June 13, 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 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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