VAIL - The town of Vail's construction season is wrapping up, but town residents and guests still have some detours to go through in the coming weeks, and some projects aren't scheduled for completion until next year.
Work on South Frontage Road, through Lionshead, has caused traffic delays in recent weeks as crews have reduced traffic to one lane in some areas. The work is going on 7 days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an expected completion date of Nov. 15 - the day before Vail Mountain is scheduled to open for the 2012-13 ski season.
The Matterhorn Circle bridge replacement is still underway, and the town estimates that project to be finished by Dec. 15, but the town of Vail's main fire station, near the intersection of Vail Road and Meadow Drive, isn't scheduled to be completed until May 2013. The station's firefighters are working from a space below La Bottega, which sits diagonally across from the fire station, until that time. The firefighters must run across the street to get into their fire engines when calls come in.
Lionshead is also undergoing two streetscape projects, one at Concert Hall Plaza and the other at East Lionshead Circle, both of which include landscape and bus stop improvements.
Here's an update on current construction projects provided by the town of Vail:
Gondola construction, Vail Village Ski Yard
Construction of the new gondola began April 16 and will continue to November. Landscaping and irrigation is underway. All of the lift towers have been assembled and installed, the gondola cable has been delivered and the installation began last week. All construction activity is contained within the site, and access is through Vail Road and the Mountain Plaza Tunnel. The plaza lawn area is closed. Bicycle and pedestrian access has been maintained.
Main Vail Fire Station No. 2, renovation
Work includes new public restrooms, complete new exterior facade, duty quarters and offices. Traffic control will be provided as necessary. Completion of the project is scheduled for May 2013.
Ford Park, Phase I improvements
Work includes new restrooms and concessions, outfield retaining wall, utility upgrades and reconstruction improvements to East Betty Ford Way (service road). Underground utility work is ongoing. The playground will remain open from the north side and near the Alpine Garden. The restroom has been shut down for the winter. The project started Sept. 5 with a completion date of May 31.
Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater,
Phase I improvements
Work includes new restrooms on the east side of the facility, modifications to the hillside seating area, improvements to finishes within the existing restrooms, improvements to the exterior finishes of all buildings and the replacement of signage throughout the facility.
East Lionshead Circle streetscape
Work includes storm sewer, pavers, lighting and landscape improvements. The work began April 16 and will be completed in November. Pedestrian access is being maintained. Work on the bus shelter continues as well as the installation of landscaping.
Concert Hall Plaza streetscape
Work includes storm sewer, pavers, lighting and landscape improvements. The work began April 23 at the corner of West Lionshead Circle and the South Frontage Road and is to be completed in November. Pedestrian access to Concert Hall will be maintained through the (Americans with Disabilities Act) access just north of the stairs. The bus stop has been relocated to the Vail Marriott, just west of the Lionshead Place/West Lionshead Circle intersection. The pedestrian overpass stairs to West Lionshead Circle are now open to the public.
South Frontage Road improvements
Storm sewer installation is complete; work continues with curb/gutter installation and placing of base course in preparation for asphalt paving. Work includes intersection improvements to the South Frontage Road/West Lionshead Circle intersection, shoulder widening and drainage improvements. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 15.
South Frontage Road Medians
New medians are being installed on the South Frontage Road at the intersection of West Lionshead Circle and South Frontage Road. Work is scheduled for completion by Nov. 15. These improvements are required and approved as a part of the Ritz-Carlton Project.
Matterhorn Circle Bridge replacement
The bridge girders are installed. Utility relocation to the new structure began Monday and installation of reinforcing steel for the bridge deck. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The project is scheduled for completion Dec. 15 and is being funded by a federal grant which covers 80 percent of the design and construction costs.