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Weekly Construction Update, Sept. 19

  • 18 September 2016

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

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 
Building interior, exterior, site, landscaping, golf course restoration and completion of the parking lot improvements continue. Paving of parking lot is complete. The temporary structures used for the Nordic and Golf operations are scheduled to be removed by the end of September. Restoration of the driving range will follow soon afterwards. The project remains under construction until its completion which is scheduled for mid-October. 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. 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

Golden Peak Pickleball Courts, 461 Vail Valley Drive
Work continues with project completion date scheduled for early October 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. 

Pepi’s Restaurant Addition, Gasthof Gramshammer, 231 Gore Creek Drive
The construction fence is pushed out on Bridge Street to allow the remaining portion of the old entryway to be removed and rebuilt per the approved plans. For the remaining scheduled special events in the Vail Village, the construction fence will be pushed back to provide adequate pedestrian access on Bridge Street. All debris will be removed in the morning hours between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Construction includes demolition of existing bathrooms and bar area, plus upgrade to mechanical systems, lighting, interior floor and wall finishes, expanded seating area to front of building, installation of  new NanaWall door, entry doors and windows, new roof and balcony. Completion date is scheduled for fall 2016. Contractor is Custom House Construction Group. CHC contact is Lori Mowder, 970-328-3040.

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
The pedestrian sidewalk in front of the hospital will be closed from September 12 thru 23 to allow completion of the street lighting and brick paver sidewalk repairs. 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.
Construction fence will be pushed out into Bridge Street, a couple of feet to allow completion of the retaining wall and patio rail. Removal of construction fence is scheduled for early November. 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. Estimated completion date is November 2016. Contractor is Rocky Mountain Construction Group; contact is Mark Hallenbeck, 719-499-9248.

Lionshead Village

Vail Spa Exterior remodel, 710 West Lionshead Circle
Completion date is scheduled for 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.

Comcast Utility Work. Bike Path Closure
The bike path between West Forest Road and the Lionshead Eagle Bahn Gondola (south side of the Gore Creek Place, Antlers and Lion Square Lodge) is scheduled to be closed for a couple of days in late September to allow Comcast and Sage Telecommunication to access manholes and pull new fiber to the Gondola. Date of path closure has yet TBD.

The Lion Redevelopment (formerly Strata and Lionshead Inn and Lionshead Annex), 705 W. Lionshead Circle
Interior, exterior and site work are ongoing. Work continues on the South Frontage Road median. Completion of the island will take roughly five weeks. Traffic control will be provided. Completion of the project is scheduled for late December 2016. 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.


Xcel Energy Gas Main Replacement, Beaver Dam Road
Potholing of exiting utilities is ongoing; start date to install the new gas main is currently scheduled for mid-week of Sept. 19. Xcel Energy will be communicating and providing additional information to all residences impacted by this work on Beaver Dam Road. Single lane closures are to be expected and traffic control will be provided. Completion date is November 15. Xcel Energy has discovered that the main gas line on Beaver Dam Road does not meet Xcel’s standards and requires a total replacement, it has been determined that 1,500 liner feet will need to be replaced. Contractor is Site Wise Corporation. Xcel Energy contact is Kathy Jacoby, 970-262-4055. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.

Donovan Park Picnic Shelter
Construction of a new picnic shelter for Donovan Park is underway. Work will be contained within a 6 foot high construction fence between the playground and the basketball court. Walkways will continue to be open as well as all other park facilities. Occasional walkway closures will occur during the initial stages of the project. 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.

I-70 Vail Underpass project
Phase 2 of the I-70 Vail Underpass project includes major construction activities along the North and South Frontage Roads. These activities include mass excavation, utility relocation, stone veneer on the bridge abutments and retaining wall construction.
Work along the North Frontage Road:
• North Recreational Path has been temporarily detoured, please use caution
• Water and sewer line work adjacent to North Recreational Trail
• North Frontage Road mass excavation
Work along the South Frontage Road:
• Water line relocation
• High Pressure gas line relocation, within project site
• South roundabout retaining wall construction
The Frontage Roads will continue to function as one-way traffic only through the project site until the end of November. I-70 has generally returned to its two-way traffic flow in both directions; however, during non-peak days and times, intermittent single lane closures will be required throughout the fall months. The traffic flow on the Frontage Roads will mirror I-70 - the North Frontage Road is westbound only through the project site, while the South Frontage Road is eastbound traffic only through the project site. Apart from the project site, the Frontage Roads 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. Note: West Vail transit routes are operating with a modified schedule. 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 South Frontage Road Utility Work
The majority of the work to lower the high pressure gas main along the South Frontage Road between Donovan Park and the I-70 Underpass project is complete. Restoration will continue through September. 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.

McDonald’s Redevelopment, 2171 North Frontage Road
Construction work includes interior/exterior remodel, landscaping and parking lot improvements. Work is underway; completion dated is scheduled for late November 2016. Contractor is Christofferson Commercial Builders Inc. Contact person is Craig Sorvald, 719-499-0582.

Fire Station 1 remodel (East Vail), 4116 Columbine Dr.
A full road closure on Columbine Drive is scheduled for Sept. 27. The closure is needed to accommodate a street cut to install a new water service line and new gas service line. Traffic control will be provided. Contractor will provide additional information to residences affected by the street closure. The fire station will remain staffed during construction. Due to safety concerns, members of the public who need to contact the crew at this location should call 911 for emergencies or 970-479-2257 for other business. 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. Contractor is MW Golden Constructors. 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 continues. The work is slightly behind schedule but is anticipated to still be completed in late October. The tennis court has been poured, building foundations are in place and vertical construction has started. 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 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. New general contractors on site, PWI Construction will work 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

Colorado Department of Transportation Projects

I-70 Chain Station
Crews continue installation of the new lighting for the chain station. The retaining wall construction is complete. There will be single lane closures on both eastbound and westbound I-70 the week of Sept. 19. The Frontage Road will see minor delays for clean up and drainage work.  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 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. Expect eastbound and westbound single lane closures on Vail Pass Monday through Thursday the week of Sept. 19. 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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