CNAPC Refines Transportation Concepts

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Thursday April 21, 2016

The Chamberlin Neighborhood Airport Planning Committee (CNAPC) refined the list of transportation scenarios it would like to share at its next public outreach meeting, Thursday, April 28, at Chamberlin School.

Bob Chamberlin of RSG, the consultant hired to work with the committee, shared a list of concepts in February and developed a scoring process to determine levels of interest for each proposal. The approval rating system was based on a point system: concepts that received “yes” as a response received two points, “maybe” received one, and “no” received zero; there were 11 respondents. Based on the feedback, Chamberlin presented the concepts with higher approval ratings at CNAPC’s April 15 meeting. Chamberlin then outlined associated cost estimates, funding sources, priority levels, implementation timeframes, locations, and priority (based on approval rating).

Chamberlin broke down the concepts into three categories: bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, neighborhood streets (traffic calming), and reconstruction of Airport Drive. After reviewing them all, Chamberlin also organized the projects by short, medium, and long-term projects.

Short term (within three years of when funds are obtained):

Crosswalk: location: White Street; low cost-estimate: $1k; high cost-estimate: $3k; funding source: Vtrans TA; Approval score: 82 percent; priority: high

Crosswalk: Location: Patchen Road; low cost estimate: $4k; high cost estimate: $6k; funding source: Vtrans TA; 82 percent approval rating; priority: high

On-road bike lanes; Location: White Street, Patchen Road; low cost estimate: $8k total; high cost estimate: $18k total; funding source: Vtrans TA; 95 percent approval rating; high priority

On-road bike lanes (suggested lanes on Richard Terrace); Location: Airport Parkway and Hanover Street, suggested lanes on Richard Terrace; low cost estimate: $5k total; high cost estimate: $10k total; funding source: Vtrans TA; 95 percent (59 percent for suggested lanes); high priority

One-way streets; Elizabeth/Patrick St.; low cost estimate: $0; high cost-estimate $1k; funding source: local; 64 percent approval score; medium priority

Medium term (three to seven years):

Overland parks; location TBD; typical low cost estimate: $2k; low cost estimate with a bridge $50k; typical high cost estimate: $5k; high cost estimate with bridge: $100k; funding source: local; 86 percent approval rating; medium priority

Crosswalk with median; Location: Williston Road; low cost estimate: $10k; high cost estimate: $20k; funding source: local; 86 percent approval rating; medium priority

Pedestrian refuge island; location: Airport Parkway/Kirby Road; low cost estimate: $8k; high cost estimate: $10k; funding source: Vtrans TA; medium priority

Whimsical sidewalks: Location: TBD; low cost estimate: $5k; high cost estimate: $10k; funding source: local; 91 percent approval rating; medium priority

Curb radii reduction: Location: White/Cottage Grove; low cost estimate: $10k; high cost estimate: $12k; funding source: local; 77 percent approval rating, medium priority

Sidewalk: Location: White Street; low cost estimate: $400k; high cost estimate: $650k; funding source: Vtrans TA; 68 percent approval rating; medium priority

Medians: Location: Victory Drive; low cost estimate: $8k each; high cost estimate: $10k each; funding source: local; 68 percent approval rating; priority TBD

Pinch points: Location: Victory Drive; low cost estimate: $10k each; high cost estimate: $14k each; funding source: local; 64 percent approval rating; priority TBD

Long term (seven or more years):

Joint crosswalk: Location: Elizabeth/Patrick Streets; low cost estimate: $100k; high cost estimate: $150k; funding source: Regional Planning Commission TIP (Transportation Improvement Plan); 68 percent approval rating; low priority

Realignnment:  Location: Airport Drive; low cost estimate: $12 million; high cost estimate: $20 million; funding source: RPC- TIP; medium priority

Protected bike lanes: Location: White Street, Patchen Street; low cost estimate and high cost estimate TBD; funding source: Vtrans TA; 80 percent approval rating; low priority

Director of Planning and Zoning Paul Conner noted that there are opportunities to apply for grants, but the committee will need to consider the fact that the city does not have a “special projects” item in place in the budget.

While these are concepts that the committee and meeting attendees have considered, they will be shared with the public at the next community meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at Chamberlin School at 7 p.m.

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent