Sylvan Lake Road roundabout construction starts
EAGLE – Two years of negotiations for permits and right-of-ways has finally paid off.Construction of the long-promised Sylvan Lake Road roundabout is underway. The $2 million project is expected to ease traffic flows on Grand Avenue, particularly for drivers who have, of late, found that making left-hand turns at certain times of the day can be challenging.
The traffic circle could be finished in about 90 days; but that doesn’t mean traffic on Highway 6 is going to be at a standstill. Project engineers have designed a detour on the south side of the road they hope will keep traffic moving.”We thought it was a good idea. It lets our contractors get in and do the work without a lot of hassle. We can do the bulk of the work without flaggers or stopping traffic,” said Gary Brooks of Alpine Engineering.Prince Alley in west Eagle will be closed off starting Monday. Residents can use King Road, coming in off of Castle Drive, to get home.
The detour road, which will be paved, will be open by July 28. The road will be as wide as Highway 6 is now, with turn lanes to Sylvan Lake Road. The actual Sylvan Lake intersection will be shifted about 70 feet to the south.Brooks said the roundabout will be similar to the circle on Eby Creek Road and Highway 6. While it will be striped as a single-lane circle, it will be wide enough for two lanes in the future.”The key thing is for drivers to have patience as we build this. Hopefully, the detour really smoothes things out for traveling,” said Brooks.
Editor’s note: This story appeared first in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.Vail, Colorado