VAIL — A traffic analysis will be presented to the Vail Town Council at its April 1 meeting that will be used to help determine the type of intersection design for the Interstate 70 Vail underpass that will connect the north and south sides of the Frontage roads. The presentation is listed fourth on Tuesday’s meeting agenda, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. There will be opportunities for public comment.
The presentation follows an earlier decision by the council to endorse a preferred location for the underpass, which locates the north intersection between the Simba Run Condominiums and the Savoy Villas along the North Frontage Road, and locates the south intersection west of the Glen Lyon Office building along the South Frontage Road.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, Town of Vail and the project consultant, Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig, have begun the preliminary design process based on the recommended alignment. The project has historically included roundabouts on both the north and south sides of the interstate to accommodate projected traffic at the proposed new intersections. The updated traffic analysis to be presented Tuesday supports roundabouts as the recommended traffic solution. Engineers also reviewed an option for modified “T” intersections and found them to be inadequate in handling future traffic demand.
Review of Impacts
During Tuesday’s meeting, the council members and residents will be asked to provide comments regarding the traffic projections, traffic analysis and the recommended intersection configuration selection, as well as any additional information that may be required. Following endorsement of an intersection configuration by the council, an environmental analysis will be conducted that will review noise, aesthetics, lighting, air and water quality impacts as well as associated mitigation measures. The information will then be illustrated in a 3-D interactive rendering that will be presented at a future council meeting to show elements of the project design.
2017 As Potential End Date
Construction of the underpass has been identified in regional transportation plans for the past 20 years to relieve congestion at the Main Vail and West Vail interchanges and improve transit circulation and emergency response within the town. It will also provide a safe and efficient alternative for pedestrians and bicyclists. The state is contributing $14.8 million to fund the underpass with the town pledging $6 million. The planning phase will take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete with construction beginning in 2016 at the earliest with completion in 2017.
To review the traffic analysis and other information about the underpass, visit the project website at www.vailgov.com/underpass. To contact the Vail Town Council in advance of the meeting, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.