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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Better Connection Grant Program – study for US Route 7 Livability Connection

A total of $60,000 was awarded for consultant services

For Immediate Release

The Better Connection Grant Program awarded $60,000 to the Town of St. Albans and the City for consultant services for the Route 7 Livability Connection study. The Better Connection Grant Program is administered by Vermont Agency of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

The purpose of the Route 7 Livability Connection is to examine transportation choices like sidewalks and bikeways along a road that presently lacks continuous links and facilities beyond where they end in the City north to the commercial and retail centers in the Town surrounding I-89 exit 20.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are currently walking and riding a well-worn narrow dirt path along the heavily trafficked highway. A goal for this project is to develop a “Complete Street” master plan focusing on North Main Street and Swanton Road with greater safety and healthier options for residents and workers to walk and bike. A “Complete Street” is designed and operated to safely accommodate all users, including people of all ages and abilities walking, bicycling, driving a personal vehicle, taking a taxi, riding on a public transit bus, and driving large delivery vehicles. Safer and healthier options for residents to walk and bike on North Main Street and Swanton Road will increase the economy activity and business opportunity for the entire St. Albans area.

The Route 7 Livability Connection study will develop design plans, preliminary construction estimates, and implementation strategies that will guide funding efforts in the near future. For more information contact Ned Connell at nconnell@stalbanstown.com or for continuing updates please see our the Town website at http://www.stalbanstown.com/departments/planning/bicycle-pedestrian-planning/ or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SaintAlbansTown/

 

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