Eagle faces two summers of construction
EAGLE – Stay the course.Eagle will stick with its original plan to complete a $3 million upgrade of Broadway Street over two summers.Downtown merchants, worried about reduced business during two construction seasons, had urged the town to fast track the project, but back off the request after hearing a report last week from town engineer Tom Gosiorowski, who said an attempt to speed up the project would be risky.The town plans to rebuild Broadway from 5th Street to Highway 6 and install new sidewalks, a water main, storm drains and landscaping. Work on the section between Fifth and Third Streets was slated for this summer. The reconstruction of the 100 and 200 blocks was planned for next summer.
Gosiorowski said the entire stretch of Broadway couldn’t be repaved until late November or the onset of winter. “There is no other way we can describe it, other than to say it would be an absolute mess,” Gosiorowski said.He also warned advancing the downtown project would delay other town projects, such as the construction of pedestrian paths and other street repairs. The town would also have difficulty reviewing any proposals for new developments, he said. The town expects proposals for projects in the Hay Meadows parcel and Red Mountain Ranch.
“Adding phase two of Broadway will likely be the straw that breaks the camel, resulting in some sort of failure,” he said.Town staff determined the top sales months are June through December, meaning a May-through-November construction project could have great impact.Some Broadway merchants remained uneasy with the plan.”We’re freaked out because it is delayed,” said Erin Seabury of Everyday Outfitters. “Is developing a hay meadow more important than downtown?”
Tim Cochrane of the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce said he will be seeking financial support from the town for some increased marketing for Broadway merchants during the construction period.Vail, Colorado