Infrastructure & Project Review

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Infrastructure & Project Review

  • ISSUE: While Addison County possesses some of the most desirable locations and landscapes for biking in Vermont, many Addison County roads, sidewalks and trails are severely lacking with regard to infrastructure, safety and access for those walking and biking.
  • GOALTo improve on-the-ground conditions for walking and biking.  The Council is working to identify and prioritize those roads, pathways, intersections or gaps that present the greatest risk or impediment to the walking and biking public; develop strategies for advancing targeted improvements in those locations; and at the same time, ensure that all transportation projects county-wide take advantage of every opportunity to improve physical conditions for walking and biking. 

Projects & Updates

VT-17 repaving project feedback

The Walk-Bike Council's Infrastructure and Project Review working group reviewed VTrans' upcoming VT-17 highway paving project and provided feedback on how the project could be tweaked to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

One of the goals of the Walk-Bike Council's Infrastructure and Project Review working group is monitor upcoming infrastructure projects at the local and state levels and provide feedback to municipalities and VTrans regarding pedestrian and bicycle improvements that can be made to their projects before designs are finalized.

The working group reviewed VTrans' upcoming VT-116 highway paving project and provided feedback on how the project could be tweaked to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The group reviewed the project's design plans and prepared feedback based on community input, traveling the route and looking at the roadway, and historical personal experience. This feedback was sent to the project engineers on October 1, 2018:

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Vergennes Sidewalk Inventory

The Planning Commission in Vergennes completed an inventory of sidewalks on city-owned streets in the summer of 2017. We learned of their good work when we visited a Vergennes City Council meeting, and and we wanted to share it widely so that other communities can be inspired. Their final report makes recommendations to improve walkability and connectivity in Vergennes.

The project was initiated by the Planning Commission, but student volunteers from Vergennes Union High School conducted some of the assessments.  “The work was definitely a group effort,” says Planning Commission Chair Shannon Haggett. 

Report documents are below, including a list of the areas surveyed, the survey instructions and forms, and the recommendations which were presented to the City Council. The Planning Commission also developed an interactive Google Map to illustrate their findings.

 

Have you done something to increase opportunities and awareness for safe walking and bicycling in your Addison County community? Please let us know!

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Vermont Walk-Bike Summit 2018

On May 4th several members of the Walk-Bike Council of Addison County headed to White River Junction for the 2018 edition of the Vermont Walk-Bike Summit. Claire Tebbs, Bethany Yon, Adam Franco, and Mary Yates presented a three-part session in the "Safe and Healthy Communities" track on the formation of the Walk-Bike Council as well as the successes achieved in the Council's short lifetime.

Bethany Yon

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VT-116 paving review

The Walk-Bike Council's Infrastructure and Project Review working group reviewed VTrans' upcoming VT-116 highway paving project and provided feedback on how the project could be tweaked to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Regional Transportation Plan data collection

In the spring of 2017, members of the Walk-Bike council worked with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and the Commission's contractor, Dubois-King, on an update to the Regional Transportation Plan's walk-bike section, helping to collect data from the community on infrastructure issues and gaps.

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