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Agreement reached on Vail frontage roads

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – A lease agreement for use of the North and South Frontage Roads for permit parking and overflow parking by the Town of Vail has been approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation for the 2011-12 season. The agreement is good through May 1 and will include a payment of $20,000 to CDOT, which will be funded by Vail Resorts.

The agreement was finalized following passage of a resolution by the Vail Town Council at its Nov. 1 meeting. A lease agreement was also required for the 2010-11 season, which stipulated development of a list of safety improvements to be constructed by the town for continued use of the Frontage Roads for parking.

The new lease identifies a schedule for the CDOT-required improvements to be completed over the next three years. The improvements are tied to the frequency of use of a particular portion of the roadside for parking in three tiers: 0-3 days per year, 4-30 days and 30-plus days. In all instances, vehicles must park outside the travel lanes of the frontage roads. As the frequency of use increases, the extent of the safety improvements required by CDOT also increases. For example, sidewalks are required for any portions of the frontage road that are used for parking for 30-plus days. Grading and shoulder widening are required to varying degrees for all parking frequency intervals.

Work on the South Frontage Road this past summer to widen the shoulders on the north side of the road from the Golf Course Bridge to the western edge of Ford Park qualifies the area for the 4-30 day parking interval.

The 2012 budget includes $630,000 to construct Frontage Road improvements in the Lionshead area and a guardrail on the North Frontage Road. That work will begin in the spring. The Town Council has asked Vail Resorts to help pay for a portion of the improvements. An estimated cost for full implementation of the three year plan is $1.4 million.

For more information, contact Town Manager Stan Zemler at 479-2105.

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