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Weekly Construction Update, April 18

  • 15 April 2016

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

Upcoming Events & Activities

Free Parking/Spring Bus Service                             April 18
Annual Town of Vail Clean Up                                 May 21

Weekly Construction Update Meetings Have Returned

Weekly construction update meetings have returned for the spring construction season. 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 
Installation of the steel framing is nearly complete, wood framing is ongoing. Site, landscaping, utility work and completion of the parking lot improvements are scheduled to start as soon as the site conditions allow. The goal is to have the cart barn available by June 1 as this will provide a location to store and charge the golf carts for summer operations. 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. Completion of project is currently scheduled for September 2016. The contractor is Evans Chaffee Construction Group. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval, 970-390-4677 or 970-479-2198;

Vail Village

Mountain Haus Exterior Improvements, 292 E. Meadow Dr.
Starting on Monday, April 18, pending weather conditions, work to re-paint and repair the roof gutters will begin. Use of two man-lifts is required. It will also require the streamwalk to be closed to the public for a few days. Closure date of the streamwalk has yet to be determined. Completion of work is scheduled for May 31. Contractor is Sharper Image Painting, Inc. Town of Vail contact is Leonard Sandoval 970-390-4677.
Golden Peak Pickleball Courts, 461 Vail Valley Dr.
Construction documents for the Golden Peak Pickleball Court project are being finalized and construction is anticipated to begin in May and be completed in July. 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. 

Ford Park Pedestrian Bridge repairs
On the south side of Ford Park, the bridge access from Vail Valley Drive will be closed for repairs. Work is currently scheduled to start on May 1 with completion scheduled for mid-June. The Nature Center path will remain open and access to Ford Park will be accessible via Manor Vail or the South Frontage Road. Town of Vail contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Vail Valley Medical Center Phase 1: West Wing, 181 West Meadow Dr.
Starting on Monday, April 18, West Meadow Drive and the pedestrian sidewalk in front of the hospital will be narrowed to one lane to allow the excavation and installation of new gas, water and sewer services. This lane closure could be in place for a couple of weeks. 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.

Vail Village Transportation Center Remodel
A remodel of the Vail Village Transportation Center terminal is taking place as of April 11. Work includes new floor tile, benches and painting. Completion of the project is scheduled for late May 2016. Town of Vail Contact is John King, 970-479-2170.

Gorsuch Building, Commissary Restaurant, 263 Gore Creek Dr.
Construction work continues with all activity taking place behind the construction fence. 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. Landscaping is scheduled for early May with a completion date of mid-June. 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

Vail Spa Exterior remodel, 710 West Lionshead Circle
Starting on Monday, April 18, a single lane closure on West Lionshead Circle will take place to create a pull-out area for construction staging. Traffic control will be provided. 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
Construction activity is currently contained within the fence. 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 with water proofing issues and other miscellaneous maintenance began on April 11. Impacted areas within the Lionshead Mall will be the Montaneros alley, the north end near Sunbird Park, the east end of the Arrabelle as well as the Arrabelle Plaza. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, pedestrian and traffic control personnel will be provided. Completion is scheduled for mid-June. Contractor is PCL Construction Company. Vail Resorts contact is Matt Lydens, 970-331-7755.

Skatepark at Lionshead parking structure, 350 South Frontage Road West
Work is scheduled to resume on April 25 with a completion date of early June 2016. 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
As of April 4, I-70 traffic has been diverted to a head-to-head configuration on the eastbound side of I-70 while the westbound I-70 underpass bridge is built. While I-70 is reduced to one lane, drivers should expect minor delays. Next week, there will be a single day of work along the North Frontage Road, tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 25. This entails an eastbound single-lane closure through the project site, and up to 15 minute traffic holds are possible as crews will be using cranes to install the westbound bridge girders. I-70 will remain in its current alignment for this work. Once the new westbound I-70 bridge is built, traffic will be switched over to the westbound side of I-70 while the eastbound I-70 bridge is built. Expect minor delays on I-70 during this phase and minimal impacts on the frontage roads during bridge construction. The bridges are scheduled to be completed in July, at which time I-70 will reopen to two lanes of traffic in each direction and the frontage roads will be detoured to function as one-way travel only through the project site; 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. 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.

Xcel Energy HP utility work
Work is on the South Frontage Road near Donovan Park, requires excavation across both of the travel lanes and installation of a new above ground valve set. The lowering and relocating of utilities is part of the I-70 Vail Underpass Project. Work is scheduled for early May. Contractor is Snelson Companies Inc./Xcel Energy. 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. 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. Start date to be determined pending approvals. 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 anticipated to begin in late May. 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 scheduled to begin this spring with completion in December 2016. 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. Start date and contractor to be determined pending approvals.

Lion’s Ridge Apartment Homes construction (redevelopment of eastern half of Timber Ridge), 1265 N. Frontage Road W.
Construction continues on buildings 3 & 4. Completion of the project is currently scheduled for the end of May or early June. 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
Completion of this work is scheduled for early June. Construction includes installation of storm sewer, water and sewer mains and conduits for electric/phone/TV on the site and storm sewer upgrades at the north side West Vail roundabout. Work in the roundabout is scheduled to occur at night due to traffic volumes and safety. Work adjacent to the roundabout will occur during the day. Contractor is United Companies. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Asphalt Overlay         
The town has contracted with Elam Construction for asphalt milling and overlay on Chamonix Lane, Buffehr Creek Road and the western portion of Lionsridge Loop. Work is anticipated to take approximately two weeks and completed by mid-June. Town of Vail Contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Slurry Seal  
The town has contracted with A-1 Chipseal to complete this year’s slurry seal surface treatment project. Slurry seal will occur on town streets in the Matterhorn, Glen Lyon and Booth Creek neighborhoods. Slurry seal creates a new wearing surface and seals the asphalt to prevent the damaging effects of water intrusion into the pavement and oxidation from the sun. Single lane closures will be in place while the slurry seal is placed and traffic will be allowed back on the surface once the product dries, typically three hours. Work is anticipated to take approximately three weeks and completed by end of June 2016. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169.

Colorado Department of Transportation Projects

I-70 Chain Station
CDOT has contracted with SEMA Construction for improvements to the chain station in East Vail. 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. Traffic on the frontage road will be narrowed and shifted with reduced shoulder widths with periodic single lane closures of the Frontage Road and I-70. There will be a bike route detour in place during construction that routes around the project using the Eagle Valley Trail, Vail Valley Drive and Sunburst Drive. The project is scheduled to begin early May and be completed prior to the 2016-2017 ski season. Town of Vail contact is Chad Salli, 970-479-2169. 

I-70 Eagle-Vail Bridges
This week, westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes of I-70, where traffic will travel head to head in the eastbound lanes. This traffic shift will allow for crews to conduct bridge deck rehabilitation of the westbound I-70 bridge. All work is weather dependent. The project will extend until mid-June. Final project completion will be shortly thereafter once crossovers are removed. 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 milepost180 to 186 on eastbound and westbound. 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 scheduled to begin in May, weather dependent, and 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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