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Avon discusses railroad crossings Tuesday

Nicole Frey

AVON ” What route will Avon Elementary School students take to school? How will Sunridge and Liftview residents get to the grocery store? It all depends on the local railroad crossings.

The possibilities will be explored during hearings Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Avon town hall at 400 Benchmark Road. The public is invited to chime in during a comment period Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

When the town of Avon applied for two street-level railroad crossings, the Union Pacific Railroad came back will a request to close the crossing at West Beaver Creek Boulevard and Millie’s Lane.

Avon officials said the new crossings are necessary to link the west side of town with the proposed Confluence development, which will include a Westin hotel and gondola to the Beaver Creek ski mountain.

Union Pacific said closing the crossing is necessary to study which of the three crossings would work best, even though the railroad hasn’t sent trains down that line since 1996.

For more information, call 748-4000.

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Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or nfrey@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colorado