Vail ready to move South Frontage Road
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado ” Plans have started to move a portion of South Frontage Road in Vail, a move that would help pave the way for Vail Resort’s proposed ski village in West Lionshead.
Part of the plans for the $1.5 billion project include straightening the West Lionshead portion of the frontage road to make it align with Interstate 70. The plan change must be done through the town and approved by the Colorado Department of Transportation, who owns the road.
Town officials said they would give their approval on the move on several conditions, including that the design address the current and long-term needs of the community, that parking, skier dropoff, sidewalks and bike paths be taken into account, and that Vail Resorts design and pay for a roundabout at Simba Run.
The roundabout will eventually be needed to connect to a Simba Run underpass, said Community Development Director George Ruther.
The Frontage Road move is one small step Vail Resorts Development Co. needs to take to move forward with the project.
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Town Councilwoman Margaret Rogers told Vail Resorts officials that a nod in favor of the frontage road move was in no way an approval for Ever Vail.
“That won’t be approved until certain conditions are met,” she said, referring to concerns such as parking and sufficient setbacks for the Ever Vail buildings.