RFTA lot to be expanded for Base Village
The parking lot at the intersection of Brush Creek Road and Highway 82 will be expanded from 200 spaces to 1,400 as preparations continue for Base Village.The expansion of the Roaring Fork Transportation Agency lot will begin when construction of the massive development in Snowmass Village starts, said Brian Pettet, director of public works for Pitkin County.He said 350 of the new parking spaces will be reserved for Intrawest employees, who will then take a bus up to Snowmass Village. There is a $2.5 million budget for the expansion, but it will cost considerably less for the county, said Pettet. That is because Intrawest, the Base Village developer, has agreed to supply clean fill material for the project.”It will help us out a lot, and it also saves them money because it saves them the cost of hauling material from the Base Village construction and paying for a disposal fee,” said Pettet.Large amounts of fill material will be hauled down Brush Creek Road for the parking lot expansion. That means more traffic and road impact on Brush Creek Road, which will already be flush with construction vehicles to build Base VillageBut commuters wishing to avoid overheated car engines also will be able to park at the enlarged lot.Pettet said he hopes the expansion is finished in time for the Labor Day Festival at the earliest and for the Winter X Games at the latest.In a partnership with the Elected Officials Transportation Committee, Intrawest has agreed to pay $2 million to $3 million to mitigate maintenance and repair costs due to construction vehicles on Brush Creek Road.During peak season, the county says, between 10,000 and 13,000 vehicles travel up Brush Creek Road each day. Pettet estimated that a loaded dump truck has the impact of 3,000 cars, but said that figure is dependent on the kind of truck, its load, the road and weather.Other activities at the Brush Creek Road and Highway 82 intersection include the installation of transmission lines underground and, later, new gas lines for Base Village. There will also be construction of a trail to Snowmass Village along Brush Creek.
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