Eagle eyes traffic relief
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado ” The Eagle County commissioners have apparently experienced firsthand the traffic congestion on Eby Creek Road in the town of Eagle. At a work session on Wednesday, the commissioners readily agreed to fund up to $200,000 of a $400,000 package of improvements on the congested road.
Town Engineer Tom Gosoirowski says the improvement package will increase the road’s capacity by 35 percent for the next three to five years. Eby Creek Road is the currently only route to Interstate 70 for motorists entering or exiting the town, and is very congested during morning and evening rush hours.
The Colorado Department of Transpiration is contributing $10,000-$12,000 of in-kind work toward the effort, including traffic signal improvements and lane striping.
Gosiorowski, making the case for county participation in the project, said the Eby Creek Road corridor has a big impact on residents of Eagle and Gypsum; and on airport customers.
“There doesn’t need to be any groveling here,” said County Commissioner Arn Menconi. “Let’s fix the deal, and get citizens to and from work as easily as possible.”
County officials indicated they would likely fund the project out of the Road and Bridge budget.
Gosoirowski and Colorado Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Martha Miller stressed that the improvement package offers short term relief, rather than a long-term fix. A feasibility study for long term fixes, also funded by the three entities, is underway.
Gosoirowski said the work will start immediately, and construction will take place at night. The goal is to complete the projects by the time the snow flies.
“This is something we can do right away, to make our citizen’s lives easier,” he says.