Market Street is once again closed for construction, and will be through the summer, at least. Commuters will still be able to access the Rick Marcotte Central School and the Department of Motor Vehicles from either end of Market Street but will not be able to access the center of the road past the Allard Square senior apartment complex. It is the same traffic pattern South Burlington has instituted for the past two summers while other projects occurred on Market Street, Public Works Director Justin Rabidoux said.
On April 1, the city began efforts on its Market Street Reconstruction Project, which is an effort to modernize the historically gravel road, Rabidoux said. Updates will include sidewalks, landscaping and more, as designed over a three-year public process.
“It’s going to look and feel like a proper, appropriate street for what City Center has planned,” Rabidoux said.
The reconstruction project should be completed by late November, he added. It comes with an approximately $7 million price tag, about $6 million of which will be covered by a federal earmark the city received back around 2005.
South Burlington had to wait for permits and other approval before using the funds to carry out the work, according to Rabidoux.
“It takes a long time when you’re using other people’s money,” he said, adding the state had to meet federal requirements. “It’s kind of like local planning on steroids.”
Several separate projects are planned for Market Street, including a new city hall and library complex at 180 Market Street.