Vail may charge for summer parking |

Vail may charge for summer parking

By the numbers

470: Workers currently on site per day at Manor Vail.

75: Workers on site per day

at Solaris.

1,150: Spaces in the public

Vail Village garage.

1,150: Spaces in Lionshead garage.

400: Estimated number of construction-related vehicles in the village garage each day.

VAIL ” Vail construction workers promised this week they would park farther away from their job sites and carpool more to open up free parking in the Vail Village garage for tourists and locals.More than 2,000 construction workers come to Vail each day to work on the projects that make up Vail’s “renaissance,” chewing up many of the 1,150 free spaces in the Vail Village public garage.

Mark Reed, superintendent for Layton Construction on the Four Seasons hotel-condo-timeshare construction project, said he would order all 200 workers to park in the town’s Lionshead garage, which tends to have plenty of space.

And he said he would continue to encourage carpooling.

“Most of our people carpool anyway,” he said.

“I carpool myself.”

Jeff Haselhorst with Hyder Construction, who oversees the Front Door project in Vail Village, vowed to mandate enough carpooling to eliminate some 60 cars from the village garage.

“We understand the issue,” Haselhorst said.

The town has taken some measures at the village garage to make sure spaces stay open later in the day.

Officials now are blocking off nearly 200 spaces until 10 a.m., hoping to shunt some construction workers over to the Lionshead garage.

“We’re just short of making some pretty draconian steps,” said town manager Stan Zemler.

Town officials have suggesting charging for summer parking. Winter parking can cost almost $20 for a day.

Zemler also encouraged construction workers to park in outlying lots, including at the town-owned empty lot in West Vail where Wendy’s used to be.’

Mike Rose, director of parking and transportation for the town, said he was pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

“I think this is going to work out pretty well,” Rose said.

“If the construction workers move a couple of hundred cars over to Lionshead structure and Wendy’s lot, the problem is resolved ” for now.”

Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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