Vail Village street repairs begin Sept. 7 |

Vail Village street repairs begin Sept. 7

Scott N. Miller
NWS Streetscape CS (file) Vail Daily/Coreen Sapp A woman follows a detour around lower Bridge Street during renovations in Vail Village this spring. The second phase of the street repairs begins Sept. 7 and will finish in November.

PHOTO: “NWS Streetscape CS (file).jpg” in LOCAL NEWS BASEVIEWVAIL – After a quiet summer, the sound of construction will echo through Vail Village again this fall.The second phase of the $7 million Vail Village streetscape construction project begins in earnest Sept. 7. This fall’s work will finish off projects begun this spring on lower Bridge Street, Wall Street and Earl Eaton Plaza, including installation of an in-street snowmelt system.While the spring session was disruptive, tearing up major parts of the village between April and June, the first phase of the four-part project garnered mostly good reviews from business owners and others. In fact, by the end of the spring attendance dwindled to nearly nothing at weekly update meetings hosted by the town. The meetings were just one part of a broad-based information campaign by town officials to ensure village merchants and visitors were up-to-date on the progress of construction.In an attempt to mimic the success of the spring work, the information campaign for the fall work has already started, said Scott Bluhm, the town’s on-site planner.”We started two or three weeks ago going door to door,” Bluhm said. “We wanted to give everyone fair warning.”While the spring project was successful by just about any measure, businesses were pinched by the street work.

“It might discourage some people,” Dee Tobin of the Golden Bear said. However, she said, she’s still optimistic about the fall. “You have to be,” she said.That optimism extends to a corner of Wall Street.With access to his Jewels of the West store essentially cut off through most of the spring, store owner Zia Quraishi shut the shop’s doors through the entire first phase of the project. “I believe I’ll stay open this fall,” Quraishi said. “American Ski Exchange (right next door) is staying open, so I might as well stay open with them.”Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or, start your jackhammersInitial fall work on the Village streetscape project includes:

Wall Street/Eaton PlazaSept. 7-19: Excavate and form three lower fountains on Wall StreetSept. 7-19: Stone veneer/boulder placement at the public restroom, stairsSept. 7-19: Trench drain install, top of steps (Eaton Plaza)Sept. 16-19: Snowmelt installation (Eaton Plaza)Lower Bridge Street

Sept. 9-11: Adjust manholesSept. 11-14: Snowmelt tubing installFor more information, weekly progress meetings will be held downstairs at the Christiania Lodge every Thursday at 9 a.m. The meetings begin Sept. 2. Or call Scott Bluhm, 477-3418.Vail Daily, Vail Colorado

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