Businesses invited to 2015 meeting
VAIL — The Vail Chamber and Business Association and the Vail Valley Partnership will be hosting the 2015 Business Community Kickoff Meeting with the Vail Valley Foundation and Dwight Henninger from the Vail Police Department today from 10-11 a.m. at The Sebastian Hotel in Vail. This meeting is geared toward arming local business owners with the details and important information they will need during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. It is complimentary and open to anyone in the business community. Business owners as well as their employees are strongly encouraged to attend. Some topics that will be discussed are:
How will 2015 affect your business?
What will be happening during this time?
How many people are expected to attend?
Where will there be parking?
What are the transportation options?
When are the free concerts and who is headlining?
What can you do to support the Championships?
What security measures are being taken?
Come learn everything you need to know about the Championships from the team at the Vail Valley Foundation and the Vail Police Department. For additional information on the World Championships or the nightly free concerts, visit http://www.vailbeaver creek2015.com.
I-70 work rescheduled
The Colorado Department of Transportation and Mountain Corridor Constructors have rescheduled abutment work and girder setting on the new bridge over Interstate 70 at exit 240 in Idaho Springs, which will now occur through today. This work will require reducing I-70 at exit 240 to one lane in each direction and redirecting traffic by using the on and off ramps. The specific schedule is:
• Today: Traffic control to begin setting up at 6 p.m., I-70 reduced to a one lane detour from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
This work will include the placement of precast girders that are currently at an off-site construction yard in the Denver area. These will be brought in on large trucks and lifted into place.
“We are doing everything we can to complete this critical work this weekend, prior to historically heavy travel times on the weekend prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said Region 1 Transportation Director Tony DeVito. “Our goal is to open the bridge to traffic the week of Jan. 26. In the meantime, motorists can use exit 240 when traveling westbound or exit 239 when traveling eastbound on I-70 to access historic downtown Idaho Springs.”
The SH 103 Bridge is part of the larger Peak Period Shoulder Lane project and once completed in the fall of 2015, the project will provide increased mobility by implementing eastbound operational improvements between Empire Junction and Idaho Springs to relieve traffic congestion during periods when traffic volumes are highest. This $72 million dollar project is expected to save motorists an average of 30 minutes in travel time. The project is part of a comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor.
For more information about this project or to leave a message, call the project information line, 303-223-6581, or go to http://www.i70ppsl.com. To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, go to http://www.codot.gov and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page.
“This is a celebration of all our veterans have done for us,” said Pat Hammon with the local VFW Post, who served as a nurse in Vietnam. “It’s not a time for sadness.”