Editorial: Night work through Vail a good move
Learning from mistakes is always a positive sign. With that in mind, we hope the Colorado Department of Transportation can follow through with its plan to re-pave Interstate 70 through Vail only at night.Last summers work to install higher median barriers in Dowd Junction was, frankly, a disaster. Many of us found it could take an hour or more to make whats usually a 10-minute drive from Avon to Vail. One day last summer, a reporter drove from our office in Eagle-Vail to Lionshead without a problem, then sat in stop-and-go traffic for nearly a half-hour just to get from Lionshead back onto the highway.Locals and tourists alike were put off by the work, and unhappy tourists in a tourist town are bad for business. Throw in highway delays on top of construction work in Vail proper, and its easy to understand why shop owners are worried.In an attempt to get some changes made, the Vail Chamber & Business Association held a meeting with local transportation officials last year to try to keep daytime traffic flowing smoothly. We wonder, though, if the tragic death of Eagle resident Dustin Scriver in August might have been a more powerful reason to move this summers work to the other side of the clock.The road-work season in our valley is a short one, so a lot of action has to be crammed into just a few months. Add to that the fact that night work is far more expensive than daytime construction, and its understandable that the original contracts called for working in daylight.It would be easy to criticize the transportation department for last summers snafus. Plenty of people did. But its good to see a state agency making adjustments when reality gets in the way of existing plans.
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