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Underpass open house is Thursday

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VAIL — Representatives from the town of Vail and the Colorado Department of Transportation will hosting a open house Thursday to present the final design of the Interstate 70 Vail underpass project and the construction schedule. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Grand View meeting room on the third level of the Lionshead Welcome Center. Community members interested in the project are invited to stop by to discuss the work with representatives from the town of department of transportation, as well as the current general contractor Kraemer North America.

The underpass will be built beneath I-70 between the West Vail and main Vail exits. The connection is situated between the Savoy Villas and Simba Run condominiums on the north side and a few hundred yards east of the Cascade Village entrance on the south side. A landscaping plan will provide a buffer for adjacent properties and a public art component will be used to enhance the project and provide headlight glare screens. Noise walls have been eliminated from the project after a survey of impacted properties showed a lack of support for the barriers.

Construction to begin in April

Construction of the underpass is scheduled to begin in April. In order to be prepared to start major construction in April, the department of transportation will complete preliminary detour paving adjacent to I-70 in October. Construction will take up to 20 months from the April start, with completion expected in December 2017.

The Vail underpass has been identified in regional transportation plans for more than 20 years to help relieve congestion at the two 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 $30.1 million project is being funded through a partnership between the town and the state, with the town pledging 29 percent of the costs and the department of transportation funding the remainder.

For more information, go to http://www.vailgov.com/underpass or call Tom Kassmel, town engineer, at 970-479-2235.