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Weekly Construction Update, June 20

  • 16 June 2016

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

Upcoming Events & Activities

I-70 Vail Underpass Phase 2, July 5
Community Picnic - Bighorn Park, July 12
Community Picnic - Donovan Park, Aug. 9

I-70 Vail Underpass Phase 2 Work Starts July 5

The I-70 underpass bridges are nearing completion and beginning July 5 the focus will turn toward Phase 2 and the start of major construction activities along the North and South Frontage Roads. The Frontage Roads will function as one-way traffic only though the project site. The traffic flow will mirror I-70 - the North Frontage Road will be westbound only through the project site, while the South Frontage Road will be eastbound traffic only through the project site. Apart from the project site, the Frontage Roads will 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.

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. 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

Covered Bridge Bus Stop, CenturyLink fiber cable install
Beginning Monday, June 20, Centurylink will be installing a conduit in the pavers near the Marble Slab shop for fiber optic cable.  Access to businesses will remain open. A short section of East Meadow Drive will be reduced to one lane with traffic control to allow for the work. The work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, June 24.  Town of Vail Contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

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. 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
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 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 is underway. 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 continue to wash and paint the parking stalls in the Lionshead parking structure this week. 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 is complete, however work will continue on other miscellaneous maintenance through June 24. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, pedestrian and traffic control personnel will be provided. 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. On Thursday, June 23, there will be single-lane closures along eastbound I-70 for striping work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, from 9 p.m. (6/23) to 4 a.m. (6/24) there will be an eastbound I-70 right lane closure for barrier relocation. 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 the week of June 20. 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.

CenturyLink utility work
Starting the week of June 20, work will begin on the existing CenturyLink telephone lines along the North Frontage Road adjacent and as a part of the I-70 Underpass project, a shoulder closure will occur along the North Frontage Road westbound lane. The 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. Work is scheduled to begin the week of June 20. 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. 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. Installation of underground utilities is 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 is currently in the early stages of construction awaiting approval of the required permits. 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
Utility work has been completed. Remaining work includes minor site grading and site clean up and restoration of the roundabout area. All work is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. Contractor is United Companies. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Colorado Department of Transportation Projects

I-70 Chain Station
The South Frontage Road will be closed to through traffic the night of June 27 for installation of a water quality vault in the Frontage Road. The road will be closed between Vail Valley Drive (at the Golf Course) and Aspen Lane.  I-70 is the alternate route between Vail Village and East Vail. The road will close at 7 p.m. June 27 and be re-opened by 7 a.m. June 28. Crews continue excavating for installation of the retaining wall between the interstate and frontage road and installing conduit and foundations for the new lighting. Installation of the retaining wall is scheduled to begin the week of June 20. The frontage road will be 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. 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 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 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,

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