The Move to Multimodal: VTRANS Awards Grant for Cycle and Pedestrian Improvements

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Thursday November 02, 2017

The Williston Road experience is about to change for bicyclists and pedestrians.

This fall, South Burlington was awarded an $800,000 federal grant toward the design and construction of a cycle track and pedestrian improvements along Williston Road between Dorset Street and Midas Drive.

The buffered two-way cycle track, six foot sidewalk, space for snow storage, and a landscaped buffer strip with pedestrian-oriented lighting will transform an area widely-known as an unsafe path for cyclists, and for pedestrians (especially during the winter months) into a more inviting space.

This change would directly support the vision outlined in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which strives to “develop a safe and efficient transportation system that supports pedestrian, bicycle, and transit options while accommodating the automobile.”

The project area is a significant one, and it is part of South Burlington’s City Center District and in the designated Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) approved in 2013 by the Vermont Economic Progress Council. It is also in the adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2018 through FY 2027.

These are just some of many components in support of the case in the city’s application submitted in July.

The criteria included an explanation of how the project contributes to local community and economic development goals, cost effectiveness, complexity, project coordination, equity, multi-modal potential, state designated centers, and prior performance/staff capacity.

 

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent