Beginning Tuesday, April 3, the Town of Vail will host weekly construction meetings to review upcoming project schedules with an emphasis on public and private construction activity in Vail Village and Lionshead. Neighbors, contractors and others impacted by the spring construction are invited to participate. With the exception of the April 3 meeting, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., the remainder of the weekly sessions will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays on the ground level of the Welcome Center in Lionshead and will continue through the fall.
Among the projects that will be reviewed include major infrastructure repairs at Slifer Square in Vail Village, construction of a four-level parking structure at the Red Sandstone Elementary School site and continued work at the Vail Health Hospital site.
An overview of these and other upcoming projects include:
Slifer Square Repair Project
The Town of Vail has contracted with Icon Inc. to complete the Slifer Square repair project, located between the Vail Village parking structure and the Covered Bridge. Work includes replacing existing snowmelt mains, improved storm water quality, removal and replacement of heated pavers associated with the utility work as well as pavement replacement on Meadow Drive in front of the Austria Haus. 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. Temporary closures of the covered bridge will be taking place periodically. During those instances, pedestrians will be rerouted west to the International Bridge for access to the Village. Work is scheduled for the spring and fall Village construction seasons beginning April 16. 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. Both projects are expected to be built this spring and have minimal impact on traffic during construction. Project contacts are Carl Dewey, Kraemer North America, at 720-390-8507; Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-479-2235.
Staub Park Improvements
Roger Staub Park is a pocket park located just west of Vorlaufer Condominiums at 371 East Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village. Hess Contracting Incorporated has been hired with improvements taking place April 16-May 31. 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.
Pirateship Park Safety Improvements
The Town of Vail will be installing a resilient surfacing and reconstructing a stairway on the Pirateship Park play structure next to Gondola One in Vail Village. The park will be fully closed during the work. Reopening is anticipated on or before June 6. Contractor information will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.
Sunbird Park Maintenance
This maintenance work will include refinishing the wood play structures and replacing several play components at Sunbird Park, located in the Lionshead Mall. The park will be fully closed during the work. Reopening is anticipated on or before June 6. Contractor information will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Gregg Barrie, landscape architect, at 970-479-2337.
Red Sandstone Elementary School Parking Garage
The construction fence is installed and removal of trees and excavation will soon be underway. Access to the school and the gymnastics center will be maintained as a clear zone until the school closes for the summer. 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 the Eagle County School District are jointly constructing this 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.
Gore Valley Trail Reconstruction – West Vail South
The Town of Vail will be 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.
West Vail Roundabout/ South Frontage Road Concrete Repair
The exit 173 West Vail roundabout concrete repair project includes the removal and replacement of the concrete pavement within the West Vail south roundabout (2,000 SF), concrete patch repair of the bridge deck (75 SF), removal and replacement of the east concrete sidewalk under I-70 (1,600 SF) and the removal and replacement of stone veneer (250 SF) under I-70. In order to facilitate this work, from April 16 through May 11 the West Vail South roundabout will be modified into a ‘T’ intersection, with two-way thru-traffic on the north side of the roundabout, and all entering north legs being required to stop. The eastbound West Vail exit will be closed to all large trucks and oversized loads, but will accommodate passenger vehicles, vans and buses. Contractor is Kraemer North America, Carl Dewey, 970-720-8507. Town of Vail contact is Tom Kassmel, 970-376-1664.
East Vail Interchange Exit 180 Water Quality and Landscape Improvements
The Town of Vail has contracted with United Companies to complete the East Vail Water Quality Improvements project. The project includes installation of drainage improvements, water quality vaults and snow storage improvements this spring with landscape improvements later this summer and fall. Traffic will be maintained throughout the project with traffic control. Project contact for United Companies will be announced; Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, town project engineer, at 970-376-2389.
Vail Health Hospital East Enabling Work
Demolition of the east wing building is complete with demo of the existing parking structure scheduled for mid to late April. All construction traffic will enter and exit on West Meadow Drive, which will see an increase in oversize vehicle traffic. Please exercise caution along South Frontage Road and West Meadow Drive near the construction project. Contractor is G.E. Johnson Construction Company, Christian Earl, 307-203-9242. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677.