New truck schedule to be tested in Vail Village
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Visitors to Vail Village will see less delivery trucks on the cobblestone streets next year as the town tries out a new delivery schedule designed to make the village more pedestrian friendly.
The Vail Town Council on Tuesday approved a new schedule in which trucks will only be allowed on Bridge Street from 4 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and on Gore Creek Drive from 4 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. After those hours, trucks will have to go to delivery areas located around the Village, or at designated underground loading docks.
The town has built several underground loading docks at various places in the village, including at the Arrabelle at Vail Square, the Vail Plaza Hotel and Mountain Plaza. The town hopes that trucks will use the loading docks as an alternative to street deliveries.
The new schedule will go for a 60-day test run starting Jan. 9, after the holidays are over. In February, the town will get an update on how the schedule is working, and in March, the council will make changes or adopt the new plan.
As of now, trucks are allowed on Bridge Street until 8:30 a.m. and Gore Creek Drive until 11:30 a.m.
The town said it wanted to work with business owners who were concerned that their deliveries would not be completed by the allotted times. Also, some delivery companies said that loading from the delivery docks might take them much longer to deliver a load. Companies might have to add workers or send more trucks, a cost that might be passed along to businesses and ultimately to customers.
Councilman Farrow Hitt said the town was aware of the concerns.
“Not to say that there won’t be any cost implications, but we haven’t seen that yet,” he said.
Many of the deliveries are finished by the early morning hours anyway and would not be affected by the new hours, he added.
Town officials assured delivery companies that the trial period will test how the schedule works out and that the hours won’t be heavily enforced. Also, delivery hours will be extended in the event of bad weather and pass closures.
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