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Edwards gets its first roundabout this summer

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Four road work projects will get underway this summer on Miller Ranch Road in preparation for three new schools that are being built in the area.

A roundabout will be built at the entrance of Freedom Park and turning lanes will be created at the future entrances of Battle Mountain High School, June Creek Elementary and Red Canyon High School. Also, new ECO Bus stop will be built across from the Colorado Mountain College bus stop.

Drivers can expect delays, and the bike path on Miller Ranch Road will be re-routed during construction, which starts Monday and ends Aug. 30, County Engineer Greg Schroeder said.

The first project to get started will be the one-lane roundabout. It will also serve as the entrance to the future student parking lot of the new Battle Mountain High School.

Drivers trying to get into the Freedom Park parking lot during construction can use a dirt road just west of the entrance to the dog park.

Also, bikes and pedestrians should use the alternate bike path just north of the turf fields at Freedom Park, officials said.

The next project will be a left turn lane into the new Battle Mountain High School for school buses and access into the school’s back roads. Work on the turn lanes into the elementary school and Red Canyon High School between Winslow Road and the railroad tracks will start after that.

Last on the list is the bus stop construction. During the road work, the speed limit on the road will be 10 mph.

“We just want to remind people to slow down and find alternate routes if possible and respect the speed limit. It’s slow, but we don’t want people getting hurt,” Schroeder said.

The road work is part of school construction funded by a $128-million bond passed in November 2006. Red Canyon High School’s new buildings are already complete. June Creek Elementary is expected to be finished this August.

Electrical, foundation and plumbing work has started for Battle Mountain High School. The school is expected to be finished in fall 2009.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.


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