The Engineering Department is responsible for providing safe and adequate public facilities. The department provides the following services:
- Manages the construction of public infrastructure and Capital Investment Projects,
- Maintains drainage ways and structures,
- Monitors traffic flows and coordinates traffic counts throughout town,
- Maintains Avon's Heat Recovery System,
- Monitors water rights as they relate to existing and future development; and
- Provides technical support services to other departments.
2019 Town Construction Projects
The Town has several Capital projects that should interest residents and guests. They include:
- Recreation Center Weight Room Expansion: This project will expand the weight room, currently located with the aerobics room, onto the first-floor office space in the northeast corner of the building. This will free up space for more aerobic equipment and weights. The expansion will alleviate overcrowding during the afternoons and early evenings. The budget is $500,000.
- Study and Schematic Design of West Main Street: The Town master plans envision extending Main Street from Mikaela Way to Lake Street. There have been recent changes to the area including the vacating of 351 Benchmark, the former fire station. This plan will study the area and create a vision for extending the mall and 351 Benchmark Road site. The budget is $50,000.
- Benchmark Road On-Street Parking: Several Town plans envision adding on street parking to West Benchmark Road from Avon Station to Mikaela Way. The goal is for the parking to support local businesses and provide parking for Avon Station and the Gondola. The design will incorporate environmentally sustainable practices to minimize the effect of the additional paved area. The budget is $440,000.
- Nottingham Park Light Upgrade: The existing lights were originally installed in 1980 and show signs of wear and tear along with not being energy efficient. The program will replace the lights with modern, LED bollard fixtures, similar to the ones installed around the pavilion and Main Street Mall. This is the second phase of a multi-year project and will install the bollards on the southside of the park. The budget is $185,000.
- Nottingham Park Fitness Court: The Town of Avon received a $140,000 grant from the National Fitness Campaign to install an outdoor adult fitness court. The court is being installed at the former playground site and will be completed in early summer 2019. The budget is $200,221.
- Annual Paving/Road Improvements: The Town’s annual street resurfacing and pavement maintenance program generally consists of asphalt overlays, slurry seals and related surface treatments such as curb and gutter, storm drainage repair, ADA Ramp updates and guardrail replacement or adjustment. The program includes a 5-year slurry seal rotation and 20-year rebuild rotation for the roads. The paving locations are determined annually based on the Asphalt Paving Association rating system. 2019 projects include paving Eaglebend Drive and 2020 projects include West Benchmark Road and Mikaela Way .
- West and East Beaver Creek Blvd Reconstruction: This project will improve East and West Beaver Creek Blvd to become less of a car oriented street to a more pedestrian and bicycle oriented street. Improvements will include road narrowing, on-street parking, enhanced pedestrian and bicyclists, and intersection improvements. The budget is $4,025,943.
- Riverfront Trail Connector: The developer of the next phase Riverfront Development is in the process of donating an easement for a trail from Riverfront Lane to the Eagle Valley Trail near Lake Street. This is for the design and construction of the trail. The budget is $210,000.
- Avon Stormwater Quality Vault: The strategic plan states that the water quality in the Eagle River is high priority for the Town and its vitality. A stormwater quality underground vaults that will collect pollutants including trash, oils and other pollutants before they are discharged to the river. The vaults will be located on the east and west sides of Avon Road before it discharges into the river. The budget is $231,000.
- Nottingham Road Debris Flow Study and Implementation: Currently after large rainstorms, the runoff transports large amounts of mud and debris on Nottingham Road, overwhelming the ditches and closing the road. This project started with a study analyzing the drainages and proposing remediation alternatives. In 2018 and 2019 project will be implemented that will reduce the amount of sediment deposited on Nottingham Road, causing road closures. The budget is $450,000.