East Eagle-Vail businesses still open
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – For the second time in five years, the east part of Eagle-Vail has become the end of the street. Because of Xcel Energy’s gas line replacement project, U.S. Highway 6 & 24 is closed for the next few weeks. People passing through are diverted from the two-lane to Interstate 70 at Dowd Junction and at the Eagle-Vail exit.Ollie Holdstock, owner of the Route 6 Cafe, said he’s lost business because of the closure. “I’m probably down 10 to 15 percent,” Holdstock said. While people passing through can’t make it past the cafe right now, Holdstock said his regulars are still coming. And, he added, Xcel Energy just this week changed its message signs to indicate that businesses are still open.Barb Richardson manages Vail Self Storage with her husband, Herb. Richardson said the road closure has hit the family business hard. While she appreciates the need for the project, she said she wishes the road would at least be open to one-lane traffic.”We’re losing business,” Richardson said. “We’re only getting our existing customers in.”At the Eagle-Vail NAPA auto parts store, Rick Nihiser said customers are still getting to that store.”There’s only two places for parts on this end of the valley,” Nihiser said. “People have been finding us, but we’re getting some complaints.”Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 970-748-2930 or email@example.com.
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