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Weekly Construction Update, June 18

  • 16 June 2018

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

Weekly Construction Update Meetings

Weekly contractor construction update meetings are taking place at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Lionshead Welcome Center. Meetings will be held every Tuesday through the fall of 2018. The public is invited to attend.

Upcoming Holidays and Special Events – Construction Restrictions

Vail Farmers’ Market – Sundays, June 17-Oct. 7
Vail Arts Festival – June 22-24
Vail America Days™– July 2-8

Numerous Construction Projects Taking Place on behalf of Town of Vail

Ten town-sponsored maintenance and construction projects are underway this season with additional projects taking place later in the year. The activities include numerous street and park maintenance commitments, water quality improvements and construction of a new parking structure. In all, the projects represent nearly $24 million in budgeted public improvements extending from West Vail to East Vail. Project descriptions are included below.

Cellular Service Disruptions Anticipated during Upgrade Project

Disruptions in local cellular service for customers of AT&T and Verizon could be experienced until mid-June (see details below) as technicians work to install new equipment within Vail on behalf of Crown Castle, which owns and operates the town’s cellular system. Cellular service will be operating at minimum capacity during the construction, while free Wi-Fi service will be operating at normal capacity. Users may experience busy signals during peak times and are encouraged to hang up and try the call again. The ability for the Vail Public Safety Communications Center to receive emergency 911 cellular calls will not be impacted. Once completed, the cellular improvements will provide the ability for Crown Castle to add more carriers and provide additional AT&T coverage to the existing system.

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Here’s a recap of the various construction projects currently ongoing in Vail as well as projects that will be beginning soon.

Vail Village

2018 Vail Asphalt Overlay Project
The Town of Vail has contracted with Elam Construction to complete this year’s asphalt overlay project. This year’s project includes asphalt milling and paving on roads in Vail Village and the Golf Course neighborhood. Single lane traffic will be maintained during the work. 
Due to production delays the updated schedule for the remaining work is:
June 18-21 – Asphalt Paving
• Hanson Ranch Road
• Gore Creek Drive
• Vail Valley Drive
• I-70 Westbound On-Ramps (6/19 7a.m.-12p.m.)
• Vail Road
Elam will return in a few weeks to mill and pave the scheduled Golf Course roads. Project contacts are Erik Schmidt with Elam Construction, 970-926-5411, and Chad Salli, Town of Vail, 970-376-2389.

Vail Village Wireless Improvements, 241 South Frontage Road
Crown Castle and Front Range Wireless will be replacing the internal cooling system in the hub site, located on the ground level of the Vail Transportation Center. The existing system is only 12.5 tons total and the condensing units are currently in the ceiling. The new system will be 45 tons of cooling with three external condensing units. Work includes minor excavation and placement of concrete on the south side of the Vail Transportation Center as well as additional work within the hub site. Start date was April 30 with a completion date of June 22. Contractor is Front Range Wireless, Aaron Kingstrom; Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval 970-390-4677.

Slifer Square Repair Project/Covered Bridge
The Town of Vail has contracted with Icon Inc. of Gypsum to complete the Slifer Square Repair Project. Slifer Square, located between the Vail Village parking structure and the Covered Bridge, will undergo necessary repair projects in 2018. Paver installation on Meadow Drive in front of the Austria Haus is complete; work will continue installing snowmelt tubing and pavers in the plaza between the Covered Bridge and Meadow Drive.  The in-town bus will be rerouted onto the frontage road during the construction and pedestrian traffic will be routed around the construction to the covered bridge to maintain access to businesses in Vail Village. Work is scheduled for the spring and fall Village construction seasons. Work will stop June 29 for the July-August peak tourist season and begin again Sept. 4 with a final completion date of Nov. 15.  Project contacts are Albert Quintana with Icon Inc., 970-977-0561, and Chad Salli, Town of Vail, 970-376-2389.

Vail Transit Bus Stop Improvements at Vail Village and Lionshead Transit Centers
The Town of Vail will be adding two new bus stops at the Vail Village and Lionshead transit centers. The Vail Village Transit Center bus stop will add capacity with the construction of two new bus bays along the South Frontage Road in front of the Vail Village parking structure. The Lionshead Transit Center bus stop will add capacity with a new westbound stop in front of the Lionshead parking structure entry along the South Frontage Road. In addition, landscape improvements will be installed at the Lionshead structure in conjunction with the bus stop work.  This will include the removal of 14 spruce trees. Both projects will be constructed May 7 through June 29. Contractor is Kramer North America; Town of Vail project contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2235.

Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Redevelopment, 598 Vail Valley Drive
Driveway and paver walkway improvements continue, which requires a single lane and sidewalk closure on Vail Valley Drive. Vail Valley Drive will be narrowed to a single lane during working and non-working hours. Traffic control will be provided. For oversize vehicles, it is recommended that they avoid the Golden Peak area and detour from the east using Sunburst Drive and Vail Valley Drive. Construction activity is contained within the construction fenced area. This is a redevelopment of the Ski and Snowboard Vail site to include a private and public club and multi-family residential dwelling units. The bike path on the south side of the project is closed until the project is complete. Vail Valley Drive will see an increase in oversize vehicle construction traffic. Completion date is early winter 2018. 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
Construction deliveries will continue to occur on Bridge Street for the project between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Oversize deliveries for the project on Upper Bridge Street will be coned off to keep pedestrians safe while material is delivered. Pedestrian traffic control will be provided. This is a major remodel of the building. Use of Bridge Street is allowed Monday through Saturday, April 16-June 22. Use of additional right-of-way requires submittal and approval of a public way permit. The trash dumpster will be staged on-site and fenced off. The project completion date is scheduled for fall 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 Hospital East Enabling Work
Demolition of the existing parking structure continues. This includes site shoring in preparation for excavation of the site. All construction traffic will enter and exit on West Meadow Drive, which will see an increase in oversize vehicle traffic. In addition, removal of dirt is currently underway on the north side of the South Frontage Road. Please exercise caution along South Frontage Road and West Meadow Drive near the construction project. 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 garage and new 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 West Meadow Drive. Hospital patients and visitors should park in the hospital parking lot on South Frontage Road West. Patients and guests of the Medical Professional Building (US Bank) should park in the lot accessible by West Meadow Drive. Please see map. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Christian Earl, 307-203-9242.Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Row House Unit 8, 303 Gore Creek Drive
Work consists of an interior and exterior remodel; work will be contained within property boundaries and construction fencing. Project completion is scheduled for fall of 2018. Contractor is Cuccia Construction, Guy Cuccia, 970-471-6456. 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 and concrete pours throughout the spring and summer months; 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 & 12, 303 Gore Creek Drive
Single lane closures are scheduled for deliveries and concrete pours throughout the spring and summer months; traffic control will be provided, Project consists of an interior/exterior remodel and addition. Project completion date is currently scheduled for spring of 2018. Contractor is SRE Building Associates, Steve Stone, 970-376-3638. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.


Demo and Restoration of Battle Mountain/Lazier Parking Garage, 534 East Lionshead Cr.
Demolition of existing 2-level parking structure, spanning Lot 1A and Lot 2A. Work includes shoring up west wall and portion of north wall, grading and drainage, and resurface of lower parking surfaces as necessary to maintain drainage and grading, and restore parking with current required dimensions of 9x19. Stairs to be installed at north wall for access between Vantage Point property and lower surface parking. Start date is scheduled for June 11, with a completion date of July 31, 2018. Demo contractor is Spiegel Construction; 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
All work is currently contained within the site boundaries. The project includes interior upgrades to the existing conference room, including new celling finishes, room dividers, lighting and interior trim. Contractor is R.A. Nelson & Associates Inc., Matt Anderson. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Vail Marriott Interior Renovation, 715 West Lionshead Circle
The project includes renovation of existing ballrooms, meeting rooms and associated corridors and the renovation of existing guest rooms and corridors. Construction start date was March 26 with a completion date of mid-September. Contractor is Digney York Associates LLC, Don Glorius, 703-790-5281. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.


Red Sandstone Park Maintenance
The playground at Red Sandstone Park will be closed from June 18- 28 to be repainted. Other park facilities including the volleyball court, picnic tables and restroom will remain open. The contractor is Intermountain Painting, John Moore 970-390-7034. The Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, 970-390-3286.

Vail Post Office Bus Stop Improvements, 1300 N. Frontage Road
Kraemer North America has started work at the Post Office bus stop. They will be reducing the size of the bus stop island and increasing the width of the bus lane from ~15’ to ~30’. The bus stop will be relocated onto the Frontage Road acceleration lane just west of the Post Office. Work is scheduled June 11-22. Town of Vail Contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2198.

The Valley Condos Parking Lot Improvements, 1490 Buffehr Creek Drive
The Valley Condos has hired Arrow Civil LLC to repair the parking lot retaining walls. Work was scheduled to start on June 12 and has a completion date of July 24. It will required a single lane closure of 12 ft. during daylight working hours and a narrow 18 ft. within the construction area during non working hours. Traffic control will be provided, please exercise caution within the construction area. In addition, due to the construction, residential vehicle parking of 10 vehicles will be relocate to the shoulder of Buffehr Creek Road; the parking locations have been marked. Contractor is Arrow Civil LLC, Todd Burke, 970-274-6486; Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

West Vail Sewer Main Improvements – West Vail South Frontage Road
Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, in cooperation with the Town of Vail, is installing new sewer main in two areas within the South Frontage Road West. This project will be completed in two phases; Phase 1 began May 16 and completion has pushed into July. Phase 2 will start about June 25 and take approximately two months. The project is critical to increase sewer main capacity in the West Vail area so ERWSD can accommodate peak sewer flows in the future. Unforeseen subsurface conditions at extreme depths during Phase 1 led to redesign of the downhill portion of the sewer main, thereby extending the duration of the Phase 1 work. The District is partnering with Town of Vail to install electrical conduits along South Frontage Road in order to allow for the removal of the existing overhead power lines. The district and town are cooperating to complete both improvements while reducing impacts to the public. Phase 1 of the project takes place between Stephens Park and Elliot Road in one lane of South Frontage Road West. This lane is closed while deep excavation work occurs. Alternating one-way traffic is open in the remaining lane. Flaggers will manage traffic operations during work hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and automated traffic lights will manage traffic operations at night. Motorists and non-motorists alike must comply with flaggers and traffic lights at all times for their safety due to narrow conditions on the one lane that is open. Phase 2 of the project is located east of the Exit 173 roundabout, near the West Vail Conoco. Significant traffic impacts will exist in this area, including a one-lane closure, and motorists are advised to use alternate routes – such as N. Frontage Road to the Sandstone Underpass – to reach Cascade and Lionshead villages. The contractor is Western Pipeway. ERWSD contact is Jeffrey Schneider, 970-445-7941.

Gore Valley Trail Reconstruction – West Vail South
The Town of Vail is reconstructing approximately 2,700 linear feet of the Gore Valley Trail between Matterhorn Drive (Donovan Park) and the West Vail Conoco. Trail users will be accommodated on the shoulders of the South Frontage Road and West Gore Creek Drive as needed. Project contacts are Roby Forsyth, RPM Construction at 970-471-5584; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.

Sewer Main Improvements, Bridge Road and Recreation Path in East Vail

The Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, in cooperation with the Town of Vail, is installing new sewer main and manholes along Bridge Road, north of Gore Creek, and along the recreation path west of Bridge Road to near the I-70 East Vail interchange. A recreation path detour is

set up near the south side of the East Vail interchange, directing path users to Bighorn Road. A conflict with an unknown buried utility has delayed work. Eventually, the Bridge Road bridge will close for one week and access to Bridge Road will be via Lupine Drive. The project should finish in July. Eagle River Water & Sanitation District contact is Melissa Marts, 970-471-1329. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.


I-70 East Vail Water Quality Improvements

The Town of Vail has contracted with United Companies to install water quality improvements at the East Vail interchange and two additional sites on I-70 near milemarker 182 to treat stormwater runoff.  Work has begun under the I-70 bridges at the end of Bighorn Road and at the East Vail interchange requiring shoulder closures and periodic single lane closures on the North Frontage Road and Bighorn Road. This project is in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation which awarded the town a grant to pay for 80 percent of the construction costs. Work will begin the week of May 21 and is scheduled for completion the end of June 2018. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Red Sandstone School Renovation, 551 North Frontage Road
The project includes the complete renovation of Red Sandstone Elementary School. Work includes removing 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 will create a cafeteria, serving line, and secure vestibule all of which the school does not currently have. The second level of the addition will house the new library expanding the space to transform the library into a media center space as well. Demo and construction is underway, completion is scheduled for mid February, 2019. Contractor is Haselden Construction, Justin Fahnestock, 303-549-8589.
Red Sandstone Elementary School Parking Garage, 551 North Frontage Road West
Excavation, shoring and removal of dirt are ongoing. Access to the school and the gymnastics center will be maintained as a clear zone. The bus stop is open west bound only. This project has a completion date of Nov. 15, 2018. The Town of Vail and Eagle County Schools are jointly constructing a four-level, 160 space parking structure on the current Red Sandstone School site. The work will include extensive site work to establish a loop road around the parking structure to allow access to each level while at the same time provide a one-way loop road for school drop-off and pick up. Contractor is Haselden Construction, Justin Fahnestock, 303-549-8589. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Solar Vail Apartments, 501 N. Frontage Road West
The existing employee housing located just east of the Vail Gymnastics Center will be demolished and replaced with a 4-story, 65-unit rental housing development for Sonnenalp Resorts. Asbestos abatement and building demolition will take place in May and June followed by the construction of a cast-in-place underground parking structure and a wood framed building. Occupancy is anticipated by October 2019. Contractor is RA Nelson, Justin Pronga, 970-471-0509. Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval 970-390-4677.

Chamonix Vail, 2310 Chamonix Road 
The construction of all ten new residential buildings is complete. Each of the new townhomes is now occupied by the new homeowners. All that remains to be completed is the final landscaping. At this time more than 50 percent of the plant materials are installed. The anticipated completion date is prior to June 18.  Once completed, construction activity in the neighborhood will cease. Contact Jason Kiefer, RA Nelson, 970-471-3923 or George Ruther, Town of Vail, 970-376-2675.

Doubletree Hotel, 2211 North Frontage Road (formally the Holiday Inn)
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was issued on Feb. 16. The certificate was effective immediately and is contingent upon some outstanding items that still require completion, some of which cannot happen until the spring season. All fire and safety items have been verified and the hotel can now be occupied. The work has included renovation of the interior/exterior of the hotel, pool area upgrades and parking lot improvements. Start date was Aug. 15, 2016. Completion date is scheduled for July 2, 2018 Contact person is Larry Paige, 315-400-9732.

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