It wouldn't be summer in Eagle without a couple of large construction projects and 2012 is no exception to that rule.
Projects on tap for this summer include Grand Avenue/U.S. Highway 6 improvements, downtown wastewater collection system replacement and construction of a new recycling drop-off center. Additionally, the town is continuing to set the stage for its biggest capital project of all - the Eagle Interstate 70 interchange upgrade, which will include construction of roundabouts at all intersections along Eby Creek Road along with recreation paths, sidewalks, storm drainage and a new pedestrian bridge across I-70.
Last week, the Eagle Town Board awarded a $33,461.45 bid to Elam Construction for the project that will run from Violet Lane east to Brooks Lane on the north side of Grand Avenue/U.S. Highway 6.
The project will extend the Eagle County bike trail through the area and add a bus pullout lane near the Sylvan Lake Road roundabout. Additionally, landscaping improvements will be made in the area, including tree and bush planting and installation of an irrigation system.
"Originally the main purpose of the project was to improve the aesthetics of the corridor," said Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell. "The scope was then expanded to include the Eagle Valley Trail and bus pullout as a matter of practicality."
Construction is slated to begin in late June and conclude by October.
This summer marks the second season for this project, which will improve existing sewer pipes in older town neighborhoods.
The areas earmarked for improvements include Violet Lane, the Capitol/Howard alley, Second Street, Sixth Street, Whiting Road, the McIntire/Washington alley, Castle Drive, Seventh Street and Third Street.
The town is slated to award a bid for the project on June 27 and work will begin late July with completion in October. Total cost is estimated at $713,000.
The Eagle recycling center is moving to the Eagle Town Shop site on east Chambers.
The recycling center will feature a cardboard compactor and a 40-yard cardboard container, a 40-yard commingling container and a 40-yard paper container. As part of the project, the Eagle Public Works employee parking area will be relocated and landscaping, lighting, security, sign and fencing improvements are planned.
The town and Eagle County are splitting the project cost of $135,567. The construction schedule is estimated at six weeks.
This $14 million project is Eagle's largest capital project on the horizon. To date the town has committed approximately $1.4 million for the planning/design/right-of-way work on the Eby Creek corridor. The Colorado Department of Transportation has matched those planning dollars. When the project shifts to actual construction, the town plans to spend an additional $3 million.
According to town engineer Tom Gosiorowski, nearly $11 million in state and federal money has been pledged for the project and the coming year could mark a big milestone for the work. Along with CDOT resident engineer Martha Miller, the town is recommending a construction manager/general contractor procedure for the project, which would include hiring a firm in 2013. The selected firm would then be involved in the final design, which would be completed by winter of 2014 with actual construction commencing in April 2014.