Intermodal center work to begin
BRECKENRIDGE – Construction begins next week on the first phase of Breckenridge’s intermodal transportation center located in the Watson and Sawmill parking lots along North Park Avenue.
Construction was supposed to begin earlier this summer, but state budget constraints delayed it until Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) officials could prioritize proposed projects.
CDOT is paying for the $1 million-plus building, plaza and bus staging area. The town had to match a $250,000 design grant by 10 percent.
Work this fall will include building a bus terminal, installing curbs and gutters, sidewalks, lights, sewer and water. Officials expect it to be completed six to eight weeks after groundbreaking.
The second phase will include a 3,800-square-foot transit building. Construction is scheduled to begin on that next spring and be finished by mid-summer.
The intermodal center is designed to make it easier for skiers and other visitors to use public transportation and to get their vehicles off the roads and into parking lots.
It’s part of a larger project to improve transit, parking and pedestrian traffic downtown and the process of transferring Highway 9 from Main Street to Park Avenue.
Vail Resorts, which owns the two parking lots, plans to build a gondola adjacent to the transit center to transport skiers and boarders to Peaks 7 and 8 and to ease traffic volume on Ski Hill Road.
It is likely Vail Resorts will develop the rest of the parcels in the future, as well.
Architects from RNL Designs of Denver are designing the building, which will include restrooms, waiting areas, lockers, an information center and bus schedules.
Breckenridge town transit director Jim Benkelman will redraft bus schedules to coordinate town, ski area and Summit Stage buses. He said buses will arrive every 15 and 30 minutes, depending on their routes. The town trolley will arrive every seven minutes.
“We’ll actually gain some efficiencies timewise when we move,” Benkelman said. “Certain routes will no longer duplicate other routes. We have a bunch of options out there.”
The bus drop-off and pick-up areas can accommodate eight buses – and even as many as 11 – at one time, town planner Mike Mosher said earlier this year.
Summit Stage buses will have two designated stops, the Keystone-Arapahoe Basin-Breckenridge buses – if that system is still operating – will have one, and others will be available for Breckenridge Ski Resort and town buses. Controlled gates will prevent cars from mixing with buses and hotel shuttle vans, Mosher said.
Included in the construction is pre-wiring the building with a global positioning system so buses can be tracked and people can tell how long they have to wait for the next one.
“It makes the system more seamless,” Benkelman said. “That’s what we want more than anything. People need something that’s a no-brainer: “Here’s where I am, here’s where I want to go, what do I do?'”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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