VAIL - Work on a segment of the Eagle Valley Trail in Eagle-Vail is set to begin Monday on the north side of U.S. Highway 6 between Post Boulevard and the Eagle-Vail Interstate 70 exit. The project is the first phase of a four-phase trail to connect Avon and Eagle-Vail and further connect to the Dowd Junction trail and Vail. The first phase is more than a mile long and is anticipated to be complete in October, with construction of retaining walls comprising the majority of the work.
The new trail will be nine to 10 feet wide and asphalt paved, with views of the Eagle River and the Eagle-Vail golf course. The trail segment will also connect the Eagle-Vail residential area to the business district and enable users to avoid walking on the highway underneath the I-70
Due to the constrained work space, the westbound right shoulder and outside lane of Highway 6 will be closed through the duration of the construction for a distance that will vary between 1,000 and 3,000 feet. Two-way traffic will be open at all times with the exception of periodic stops by flaggers to allow trucks to enter and exit the work zone. Traffic control will not extend into the Eagle-Vail business district. Impacts on the traveling public will be minimized to the greatest extent possible.
Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no work on weekends or holidays. Cyclists will be directed to use the travel lane and proceed as a vehicle. Pedestrians will be directed to use the south side of the highway to avoid the construction zone. The service road under the I-70 bridges will be closed to the public during the work. Other river access points are located one mile upstream and one mile downstream.
The $1.5 million trail project is being primarily funded through the local mass transportation sales tax, which includes a mandate that 10 percent of revenues be spent on facilities for pedestrians and cycling routes.
The next two phases connecting Avon to Eagle-Vail are currently in the design and permitting stage, and the fourth phase through the Eagle-Vail business district is in early planning stages.