Vail asks for safety recommendations for Vail Valley Drive
VAIL — The Town of Vail is inviting residents of the golf course neighborhood as well as cyclists, bike shops and other recreational users to aid in the development of recommendations for safety improvements along Vail Valley Drive from Ford Park to Sunburst Drive.
This .75-mile stretch of road has become increasingly dangerous due to the conflicts associated with the sharing of travel lanes by cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians. The route is considered part of the Gore Valley Trail, which extends from West Vail to East Vail. The road is also used as a transit route for the golf course bus and for access to the soccer field and public parking.
At the direction of the Vail Town Council, the design team of Roaring Fork Engineering and Norris Design has been hired to work with the community and staff to evaluate separation concepts intended to provide a safer and aesthetically pleasing experience for all users.
The first phase of the planning process began May 7, when a short, online survey was posted to the town’s online discussion forum, EngageVail.com. The survey will help identify existing safety concerns along Vail Valley Drive. Interested participants are encouraged to visit EngageVail.com to register to take part.
Opportunities to take part in the survey will continue until June 10.
After the first information-gathering phase is complete, concepts will be evaluated and presented at a public open house later in the summer as well as regular updates on EngageVail.com. Final recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the town council in the fall.
For more information on the Vail Valley Drive Safety Improvements outreach, contact project manager Tom Kassmel in the Public Works Department, 970-479-2235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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