Developer pays to fix roundabout

By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

The Selectboard has accepted the road that bisects Maple Tree Place as a municipal public street. But the town is requiring that Starwood Ceruzzi, the Connecticut-based owners of the development, to make improvements that will help trucks navigate the road’s roundabout.

The plan to make the road, which is also called Maple Tree Place, a public street was approved years ago during the local permitting process. The half-mile road snakes through Maple Tree Place, connecting Vermont Route 2A to U.S. Route 2. The board on March 21 also accepted a portion of bike path that runs on the north and northwest ends of the development.

The town’s acceptance of the road comes attached with a requirement that Starwood Ceruzzi complete construction work on approaches to the roundabout.

The roundabout has worked well for passenger vehicles and smaller trucks, but not tractor-trailers, said Williston Public Works Director Neil Boyden. A recent test with a 65-foot-long truck showed there was insufficient room to maneuver around the roundabout without drifting off the road or across so-called “inlands,” which divide each of the four approaches to the roundabout.

The modifications will improve the ability of large trucks to navigate the roundabout, Boyden said, allowing trucks to drive over the islands without sustaining damage.

Starwood Ceruzzi provided a $25,000 cash bond to insure the work is completed. Boyden said if the company does not complete the roundabout modifications, then the town will use the money to fund the work. Boyden said the work would cost much less than the bond amount.