Construction season descends on Avon |

Construction season descends on Avon

Nicole Frey
NWS Avon Traffic PU 4-13

AVON – Mud season, off-season – whatever you want to call it, it’s the time when the ski mountain closes, snow melts and tourists flee in droves from the Vail Valley. For the town of Avon, it’s the beginning of construction season. Starting in April and continuing through October, the town will make improvements to roads and other fixtures around town. It also will start building a whitewater park in the Eagle River. While town officials said they would do their best to minimize traffic delays, they acknowledged they’re inevitable when roadwork is happening and encouraged travelers to find alternate routes. For additional information on any of these projects, contact the Avon’s Engineering Department at 748-4134.

April to the end of May/Memorial Day weekend: Avon Road PhaseThere will be street improvements from the northernmost point of Avon Road, at Nottingham Road, south to Beaver Creek Boulevard, which will include removing old asphalt and adding a new layer. June to mid July: Wildridge Phase There will be street improvements on Wildridge Road from Wildwood Road to Beartrap Road. Town staff will add a new asphalt surface in that stretch and widen and install a new pedestrian path from Old Trail Road to Beartrap Road. Mid-July to early September/Labor Day: Eaglebend areaAvon will install a curb and gutter and add a pedestrian/bike path along the south side of Eaglebend Drive and Stonebridge Road. There will also be new lighting and two bus pullouts. One lane of traffic will be closed during the project.

July to mid October: Avon Transportation CenterThe new transportation center will be on West Benchmark Road between the Slifer, Smith and Frampton building and the Seasons building. A new transit shelter will be constructed, along with landscaping and lighting. Benchmark Road will be closed at times to realign the street, which Avon staff said will provide better pedestrian, bus and vehicle interaction. Two ground-level railroad crossing will also be constructed at this time. The crossings will link Avon with the incoming Riverfront Village – a development of shops, restaurants, hotel rooms and a gondola to Beaver Creek. Later in the summer/still unknown:• To prepare for Riverfront Village, which will be built east of Avon Road and south of Benchmark Road, additional acceleration and deceleration lanes and crosswalks will be added near Avon Road and Hurd Lane. That area will serve as an entrance to Riverfront Village. The retaining wall along the west side of Avon Road will be removed and replaced with landscaping. Avon staff said these improvements will help alleviate the additional traffic Riverfront Village will bring to town and also improve access for pedestrians and motorists. • Avon will replace streetscape lights along Hurd Lane and West Beaver Creek Boulevard.

• The town will complete improvements that began in November at the Wildridge Tract D park at O’Neal Spur and Old Trail roads. September: Avon Whitewater ParkThe town will start work on the kayak park, which will be on the Eagle River under Bob the Bridge on Avon Road. Town staff said consultants have been hired to create a state-of-the-art park with world-class features, including with spectator areas and boat ramps. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14621, or Vail, Colorado

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