Winter Park to add sidewalk along Vasquez |

Winter Park to add sidewalk along Vasquez


Winter Park will add about a quarter mile of sidewalk along Vasquez Road this fall, giving pedestrians a safer area to stroll.

The new sidewalk will extend from Forest Trail to Van Anderson.

Officials started designing the project about a year ago to increase residents’ safety while traveling the road, Winter Park Engineer Chuck Swanson said.

“There’s just a lot of pedestrian traffic,” now in the area, he said. “A lot of people have been nervous walking there.”

He estimates the project will begin in August. Workers have 90 days to complete the sidewalk, and they could finish it by early November. “It’s going to take a little bit (of time),” Swanson said.

The Winter Park Town Council recently awarded PaveTec Inc. of Silverthorne a $343,797 contract to construct the first phase of the Vasquez Road sidewalk project.

The bid is $168,797 higher than the original budget amount of $175,000, but the town has “significant funds” available in its unreserved fund balance to make up the difference, Swanson said in a town document.

The original sidewalk project was planned from the north side of Forest Trail to Lake Trail. Last spring, council members decided to also include Lake Trail to Van Anderson. This boosts the budget from $175,000 to $225,000.

In addition, asphalt work is up $34,000; the storm drain pipe has increased $31,000; and concrete work has been raised by $22,000. All together, the prices have gone up $87,000.

The additional project costs are already reflected in the year-end reserved fund balance, so these projections will not be affected, according to Swanson.

The council also received a bid from Denver’s Coloscapes Concrete, but PaveTec submitted the lowest bid.

In the second phase, crews could install an additional quarter mile of sidewalk to Vasquez. This will connect both ends of Van Anderson Drive. It could take another two years until the project fits in the budget, Swanson said.

“That will give everybody a safer place to be,” he added.

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