Vail Valley Voices: Trafﬁc safety advice for Vail
Ryan Summerlin March 8, 2013
Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from the Vail Homeowners Association monthly report. We publish weekly excerpts from the association, which keeps a close eye on economic and political trends in and outside of the town. The newsletter electronic version with links to supporting documents is available at www.vail
The Vail Homeowners Association suggested a roundabout at the town medical center driveway entrances as a possible solution to traffic congestion. The town did further analysis and identified two additional potential locations for a roundabout on the South Frontage Road. One of those locations is at the main vehicular entrance to the Lionshead parking structure. A roundabout there would require medical center-bound traffic to travel farther.
The other option investigated by the town would serve the Evergreen Lodge, as well, and is on state land where the present medical helipad is located. This option would necessitate the relocation of the helipad to a new site. Moving the helipad would also provide an opportunity to improve its long-term public safety and functionality.
Recently, the town staff proposed several options for the reconfiguration of the main vehicular entrance to the Lionshead parking structure. It was represented that the area taken by a roundabout and parking structure circulation would affect any potential facility that could be developed on the adjacent parcel of town-owned land currently used for the parking of charter buses.
The Homeowners Association noted that any change to the access for the Lionshead parking structure that precludes the relocation of the Vail Valley Medical Center’s primary access to the South Frontage Road without first making a commitment of land allocated to the roundabout on the municipal complex site would be both shortsighted and unwise.
The town needs to make long-term public safety commitments. The Homeowners Association suggested to the Town Council that because of the limitation of available land on which to build safe intersections, the council is facing a choice between the economic advantage of constructing larger buildings or protecting the public from known traffic hazards. Having it both ways may be an
If the town wants to have safe vehicular access either to the medical center main campus or the municipal complex, land will need to be allocated for the construction of a safe intersection at one of the potential roundabout locations on the South Frontage Road.