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Weekly Construction Update, June 4

  • 1 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

Gro Pro Games – June 6-10
Vail Craft Beer Classic – June 16
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.

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 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

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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

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 13. Contractor is Front Range Wireless, Aaron Kingstrom; Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval 970-390-4677.

Vail Village Parking Structure Restrooms, 241 South Frontage Road
The second and third level east and west restrooms in the Vail Village parking structure are closed for remodeling as of April 16. The closure will last for approximately 60 days. The third level restroom near the La Cantina restaurant will remain open. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-376-0940.

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.

Staub Park Improvements, 371 East Gore Creek Drive
Roger Staub Park is a pocket park located just west of Vorlaufer Condominiums in Vail Village. Hess Contracting Incorporated has been hired with improvements taking place this spring. The project includes replacement of the existing concrete stairs, creation of turf slope to allow maintenance equipment to access the park area, replacement of the stone retaining wall, irrigation and landscaping. Project contacts are Raymond Hess at 970-471-0011; Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer, capital project manager/landscape architect, 970-479-2161.

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. Concrete pours continue. The 90-ton crane is on site to assist with the installation of the steel structure, which is near completion; crane is scheduled to be removed on May 11. 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 is ongoing. During the spring, work will include activity on the alleyway to Wall Street requiring access to be reduced to less than 10 feet. Please exercise caution in this area. 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.


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.


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 should be completed prior to July, while Phase 2 will start in mid-July 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. 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 and motorists are advised to use alternate routes where possible as one lane will also be closed in this area. 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. In early to mid-June, the Bridge Road bridge will be closed for one week and access to Bridge Road will be via Lupine Drive. The project should finish in late June. 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 Elementary School Parking Garage, 551 North Frontage Road West
Excavation and removal of dirt is ongoing. Access to the school and the gymnastics center will be maintained as a clear zone until the school closes for the summer. The bus stop is closed as of June 2. Utility excavations and parking lot work will close access to the gymnastics center in mid-June. 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. Contact person is Larry Paige, 315-400-9732.

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