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Edwards roundabout landscaping is completed

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily

EDWARDS, Colorado – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Edwards Interstate 70 interchange in September to celebrate the completion of the installation of the landscaping and signs at the Edwards roundabouts.

This landscaping project was funded by a consortium of Edwards area metropolitan districts comprised of Edwards, Berry Creek (Singletree), Arrowhead, Cordillera and Lake Creek. These districts have banded together to form the Edwards Community Authority.

Edwards Community Authority entities stepped up to initiate the design and installation of the $500,000 project.

The Sones Landscape Architecture Group was hired to design the landscaping and Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes Inc. was the low bidder selected to complete the project. Berich Masonry, Signature Signs, Mountain Steel and Welding, Seeding the Rockies and D. Jenson Electric worked as subcontractors.

Funding for sidewalks was provided by Eagle County, Vail Valley Medical Center and Edwards Metropolitan District along with a land donation to the overall roundabout project by Berry Creek Metropolitan District.

The intent of the landscape design was to provide a low-water-usage, low-maintenance, native-in-character landscape that blends with the surrounding native landscape.

Scott Sones, landscape architect for the project, said that it will take several years for the landscaping to fully grow-in and to achieve the full impact.

“This is a major milestone for the Edwards community to come together to accomplish an undertaking of this magnitude. Not only have the roundabouts dramatically improved traffic flows to the businesses in Edwards, to Battle Mountain High School and Colorado Mountain College and to the Edwards Medical Center but they have also significantly improved pedestrian safety,” said Todd Williams, president of Edwards Metropolitan District. “The landscaping and signage has really enhanced the arrival experience to the Edwards community. The Edwards community would like to express its sincere appreciation to everyone involved in bringing this dream to fruition.”

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