Eagle eyes construction plans after Eby
For the past two years, Eagle residents have been intimately aware of the challenges that come with living in the middle of a large community capital improvements project.
But with the roundabouts now complete, what does live after Eby Creek Road look like?
It looks a lot more manageable, at least for the majority of residents. But for some neighborhoods, warmer temperatures will bring the return of construction disruption.
In 2015, the town of Eagle has five main capital projects planned involving water line replacement, path construction and reconfiguration of a popular local amenity. Here’s a quick look at the town’s capital plans after Eby.
Downtown Water Line Replacement
Eagle has allocated approximately $1 million in 2015 to continue replacement of aging water lines in downtown neighborhoods.
“The first part is by Town Hall on Second Street headed to Capitol,” said assistant town engineer Deron Dircksen. He noted the work will address fire flow deficiencies in the area and will also improve overall service.
As funding allows, the work will extend up Wall Street and head north toward Eagle Town Park.
“There a possibility of going all the way to Fourth and west between Broadway and Washington. Hopefully there is enough money for all of that,” said Dircksen.
Water Main replacement
In 2015, the town will replace approximately 1,200 linear feet of water main line located in the Brush Creek Valley.
This work began in 2014.
Bull Pasture Path
The walkway through Eagle’s Bull Pasture subdivision has been deteriorating for years, but in 2015, it is due for a massive makeover.
The existing 5-fooot wide path will be removed and a new 10-foot walkway will be installed from the major access point at Seventh Street, tying into the improved section of the path near the intersection of Capitol and Brush Creek Road.
Additionally there will be improvements made at the Brush Creek/Capitol intersection.
“People won’t have to cross Capitol twice anymore,” said Dircksen. “It’s a busy intersection and this will make it safer.”
The town also plans improvements at the Eagle Villas pedestrian trail this summer. The work will include repairing asphalt cracks and removing and replacing a section of the existing path.
Yard waste Site
For years, Eagle has offered a yard waste composting site but in 2015, the regulations are tightening regarding how that site operates and who gets to use it.
“We want to get the word out to people that there will be a big change in operation there,” said Dircksen.
Improvements at the site will include fencing, lighting and security cameras — all to support the operational change. Beginning this year only town of Eagle residents will be allowed to use the service and the site will be closed to commercial landscaping companies and out-of-town residents.
Dircksen said costs associated with use of the pile have increased to the point where the town had to change its policies. Beginning this year, the only people who can use the site are the people who help subsidize it through a fee paid as part of the town’s trash collection service.
“People use the pile and enjoy having it, but it’s going to be a substantial change for some people,” he said.
Once the fencing and security improvements are installed at the site, specific operating hours will be instituted.
For more information about the town’s 2015 capital projects, visit http://www.townofeagle.org.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.