April 26, 2017

New sidewalks in the works

July 18th, 2013

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

The town is moving forward with plans to construct two new sidewalks next summer—filling gaps in its network.

The first would extend the sidewalk on the west side of South Brownell Road to U.S. Route 2—currently, the sidewalk ends nearly 300 feet short—and include a crosswalk across Route 2, complete with pedestrian signals.

Resident Eve Dubois told the Selectboard at its July 15 meeting that she walks up to Route 2 every morning, adding that it is not currently a safe place to cross.

“Thank you for moving forward with this project,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Williston received a $145,000 federal grant, allocated by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, last fall for the project.

Sidewalk construction is planned to coincide with the widening of South Brownell Road for the addition of a turn lane, part of the Finney Crossing development.

The second project would fill in a missing portion of sidewalk on Vt. Route 2A between Knight Lane and Stove and Flagworks.

The sidewalk portion would be 265 feet and include a crosswalk on Knight Lane.

The Selectboard authorized the public works department to move forward with design and eventual construction of the projects.

Comments

  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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