County, Intrawest reach road deal
Brush Creek Road will receive an overhaul as a result of the Base Village construction in Snowmass, and Pitkin County and the developer will split the bill.The county reached an agreement with resort developer Intrawest on Tuesday about the future of the road that will carry all construction traffic for the 1 million-square-foot-plus project. Construction on Base Village got under way on Monday with erosion control, according to Joe Maglicic, Intrawest director of land development.The agreement says Intrawest and Pitkin County will split the cost of putting a thick layer of asphalt over the road to strengthen it when the bulk of construction in Snowmass Village has been completed. But Pitkin County has stipulated that it will not pay more than $2 million for the work – if the bill for the project is $5 million, Intrawest must pay $3 million.In 2002, the county budgeted $2 million to improve Brush Creek Road but delayed the project knowing Base Village was on the horizon.Initially, Intrawest proposed to pay just 20 percent of the cost – up to $100,000 – of a resurfacing project to strengthen Brush Creek Road when Base Village is complete. But the amount didn’t come close to what the county expected.Typically when a project lies in rural Pitkin County, the county has impact fees for roads that might be affected by construction traffic. But in this case, since Base Village is within the town of Snowmass Village, no impact fee is available to the county.The new agreement with the county states that the asphalt project will begin the summer after Intrawest completes a majority of the roads, sewer, water and utility work for the project and after several phases of building construction is complete. Maglicic said that includes the Base Village parking structure, which uses most of the heavy concrete trucked to the site.The proposed date for the asphalt project is 2008, although commissioners suggested at their Tuesday work session that delays in the construction of Base Village could mean the road will be improved around 2010.As part of this newly reached agreement, Intrawest will pay for a one-quarter-mile passing lane on Brush Creek Road later this year for cars to move around construction vehicles. The company will also pay to have the passing lane plowed in the winter and will remove the lane after Base Village is completed if the county decides it should be removed.Intrawest also agreed to purchase and install additional wildlife signs for the county-owned portion of Brush Creek Road.”It’s great to work in partnership with the county to improve the road out there,” Maglicic said after the meeting.According to Brian Pettet, Pitkin County director of public works, the agreement will be included in a right of way work permit that Intrawest has to obtain from the county before beginning work on the road. The permit indicates that the county public works department will oversee the project, as it is on the county’s property.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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