Vail to adjust delivery policies for residents
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado –Yvonne Mullally used to be able to park her car near her Bridge Street condominium in Vail, Colorado so she could carry groceries to her place or drop off her daughter and small grandchildren.
The town’s loading and delivery rules changed in January, though, and as a result so did Mullally’s access to a loading zone area near her home. She now has to carry things from the Vail parking garage all the way up Bridge Street to her building.
“It’s very unfortunate that after all these years we have to walk from the Transportation Center,” she said.
Vail Police Commander Steve Wright told Mullally at Tuesday’s meeting she was an unintended victim of the new loading and delivery rules.
“If you live up there, you should be able to get access,” Councilman Farrow Hitt said.
Since Mountain Plaza opened with its 12 underground shared bays, the town has tried to decrease the number of cars in pedestrian areas, said Suzanne Silverthorn, town spokeswoman.
Delivery drivers now unload underground and take an elevator to the street level, which lets them out right near the ticket sales windows by the Vista Bahn chair lift. The loading and delivery hours for on-street deliveries is now an hour shorter than before, and the area where Mullally used to park temporarily is no longer available either, Silverthorn said.
The Solaris project, just west of the Transportation Center off Meadow Drive, is scheduled to open next July with four more underground loading bays, meaning the entire underground network for loading and delivery will be finished. The town would then look at on-street hours for deliveries again and other options.
“Solaris may trigger more overhaul on our part,” Silverthorne said.
For now, Wright is looking into ways to accommodate residents like Mullally. He’s going to talk to local businesses to find the best location for temporary permit parking for residents who need a loading zone area.
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