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Weekly Construction Update, March 6

  • 3 March 2017

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

Vail I-70 Underpass Major Construction Starts Up April 3

The I-70 Vail Underpass Project will soon be entering the fourth and final phase of construction. Crews will mobilize on site in mid-March for minor work beneath the underpass, with major construction activities resuming Monday, April 3, involving occasional lane closures on I-70 and minor frontage road delays. The one-way detours return to the frontage roads on Monday, April 24; impacts to drivers will be no different than what occurred in 2016. Remaining activities include extensive construction of the underpass roundabouts, as well as construction beneath the underpass, including brick pavers, curb and gutters, and lighting elements. In addition, crews will do final restoration work in 2017. The project is scheduled for completion in fall of 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.

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Here’s a recap of the various construction projects in and around Vail.

Vail Village

Red Lion Inn Condo # 3 Renovation, 304 Bridge Street
This project is schedule to start on April 25 with a completion date of spring of 2018. A crane is required which will necessitate a closure of Bridge Street. These dates have yet to be determined. Contractor will notify all merchants and properties in the area prior to any closure. Work consists of adding 714 square feet to level 1 and level 2 of the unit. Contractor is Beck Building Company, Kevin Fifield, 970-904-1283. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
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 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, Christian Earl, 307-203-9242. 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.

Lionshead Village

The Lion Redevelopment (formerly Strata and Lionshead Inn and Lionshead Annex), 705 W. Lionshead Circle
The Lion has received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). Landscaping and other remaining improvements will be completed in the spring of 2017. Contractor is PCL Construction, Inc. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-479-2198.


Donovan Park Restroom Closure
Donovan Park restrooms are closed for plumbing repairs. Completion date is scheduled for mid-March. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Donovan Park Picnic Shelter
Construction of a new picnic shelter for Donovan Park continues. Work is contained within a 6-foot high construction fence between the playground and the basketball court. Walkways will continue to be open. The new structure will accommodate three picnic tables and will be completed by the spring of 2017. The contractor is R.A. Nelson. Town of Vail project manager is Gregg Barrie, 970-479-2337.

Booth Creek Park redevelopment, 2900 Manns Ranch Road
Construction of the Booth Creek Park redevelopment project continues but is on hold for the winter months. Site work and building construction is almost complete. The construction fence has been moved to encompass the playground area only. Park visitors are welcome to walk through the park but the paths will not be maintained in the winter. The parking spaces on Manns Ranch Road will no longer be plowed.  Completion of the playground and landscaping work will occur as soon as the weather and site conditions allow in the spring. 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 November 2016. Town of Vail contact is Todd Oppenheimer at 970-479-2161.

Hotel Talisa (formerly Vail Cascade Resort and Spa) Renovation, 1300 Westhaven Dr.
This $50 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, which is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2017. General Contractors is PWI Construction working on the hotel improvements; Evans Chaffee Construction Group will work on the tennis court conversion. Black Line Group, Todd Goulding, 970-331-1732, is the project manager. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-479-2198.

Doubletree Hotel, 2211 North Frontage Road (formally the Holiday Inn)
Work includes renovation of the interior/exterior of the hotel, pool area upgrades and parking lot improvements. Start date was Aug. 15, 2016; completion date scheduled for spring 2017.  Contractor is Peak Professional Contractors Inc. Contact person, Valerie Thodde, owner’s rep/ project manager, 954-675-1522.

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