Winter Park council earmarks $400,000 for updates to Old Town, part of $1.1 million in overall improvements |

Winter Park council earmarks $400,000 for updates to Old Town, part of $1.1 million in overall improvements

The Winter Park Town Council approved a number of town improvements at their regular meeting earlier this week, including awarding bids worth more than $400,000 for Old Town renovations.

Old Town improvements will happen in three phases. First is a series of streetscape improvements including the construction of new streetlights, new street signs, and additional planters. The second phase is a new bus shelter, and the third, budgeted for 2020, is a series of intersection improvements to Old Town Drive and Winter Park Drive.

Conroy Excavating was awarded the bid for phase one for an amount not to exceed $388,000, more than double what the town originally budgeted for the project in the 2018 budget. Finance Director Bill Wengert confirmed that the five-year capital improvement program would be able to absorb the additional costs without significant impact, according to a town memo sent out by Capital Project and Park Director Gerry Vernon.

A bid for phase two was awarded to Western Precision, along with Conroy Excavating who will handle the concrete and glass work for the new bus shelter, for an amount not to exceed $36,600, roughly $14,000 less than anticipated. The civil engineering on the project was completed by JVA, Inc.

The council also approved another pair of road improvements at the meeting for upgrades to Ski Idlewild Road and Lions Gate Drive.

Improvements to Ski Idlewild Road include widening the road to include a parking lane on the east side of the road, along with curb and gutter improvements. The project was awarded to the Arvada based Technology Constructors, Inc., for an amount not to exceed $450,100.

Improvements to Lions Gate Drive will be coordinated with Mountain Parks Electric as they put their electrical lines off of Highway 40 underground for a two-block stretch. The project was awarded to Anson Excavating, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $499,000, though the cost will be split with the Arrow Development.

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