Summer Road Work Begins

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Thursday May 04, 2017

The snow has melted and now that the warmer weather has arrived, so too, has roadwork season in Vermont. At the May 1 city council meeting, Director of Public Works Justin Rabidoux gave an overview of the largest projects occurring from April through December city wide.

Some projects will be completely overseen by the city while others are being managed by the state. A map provided by Rabidoux highlighted 11 key projects, one of which has already been completed (Kimball Avenue) while others are already underway. The projects include work on the stormwater pond behind Price Chopper, the Hinesburg Road culvert, Rte. 2 paving, the Hinesburg Road sidewalk, interstate culverts, the Village at Dorset Park stormwater project, Oak Creek culverts, Bartlett Brook north and central, and the Market Street culvert.

The Market Street culvert work is the first infrastructure work taking place in City Center, but will not impede access to Central School during the end of this school year or the beginning of next. However, residents can expect portions of Market Street to be closed to through traffic during the peak of construction this summer.

The majority of projects involve culvert replacement. This will help the city come into compliance with EPA and state stormwater permits as well as contribute to the state’s collective effort to clean up Lake Champlain. South Burlington has 5 impaired watersheds and it is each municipality’s responsibility to clean up their own.

Given the projected increase in development in the city, Rabidoux does not anticipate the volume of this type of work to decrease for some time. Currently, he has a long list of projects to undertake over the next 17 years. The city projects are fully funded via current and past budgets.

Delays, disruptions to commutes, and sleep habits could all be affected during these projects, but one of the results will be cleaner watersheds. You can find more information on summer road projects on the city’s website.

SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent