Vail OKs straight frontage road
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Vail Resort’s plan to move the South Frontage Road to make way for a new ski village got the town’s blessing Tuesday, meaning the plans will move on to the state for its approval.
The plans are part of the Ever Vail project, a proposed ski village in west Lionshead that would include hotels, parking, a gondola, homes and shopping. The project would straighten and improve a section of the South Frontage Road, adding two new roundabouts, a rec path, bike lanes and landscaping.
The Vail Town Council approved the Frontage Road plan 3-1 on Tuesday, emphasizing that the approval of the Frontage Road didn’t mean approval for the Ever Vail project. It simply means that the town, which maintains the road, will submit the road design plans to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which owns the road, for approval.
Vail Resorts will pay for the submittal process and designing the road, as well as for the actual construction should the designs be approved by the state. If Ever Vail is not built, the Frontage Road plans won’t move forward either.
The approval is a big step for the project, and will allow developers to start making more detailed plans for the ski village itself, Vail Resorts representatives said.
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Councilman Kevin Foley, who was the dissenting vote, said that while the Frontage Road design approval isn’t a green light for Ever Vail, it is still a step towards accepting the entire project.
“I don’t see why we’re supporting this when there are a lot of projects Vail Resorts hasn’t finished,” Foley said. ” We should be saying, ‘Wait a minute. We should be taking care of what we already have.'”
Others were happy to see the plans go through.
Cascade Village resident John Moore said he supports Ever Vail, because it would connect all the villages.
“This is something my neighbors and I are looking forward to very much because it will be one continuous village,” he said. “Right now Lionshead and Vail Village are pretty much connected, and then there are 11 acres of 30-year-old property until you get to the Cascade.”
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