Missing sidewalk closer to completion (5/20/10)

May 20, 2010

The long-awaited sidewalk on Old Stage Road near Adams Apple Orchard & Farm Market, which would complete the rec path loop around Williston Village, is one step closer to completion.

Lamoureux & Dickinson Consulting Engineers are working on the design, which is a bit challenging due to wetlands in the area, according to Lisa Sheltra at the public works department. Sheltra said the design work is being paid for with a grant the town received last year.

Sheltra is finishing another grant application that she hopes will pay for the actual construction of the sidewalk. The deadline for the application is May 28. Sheltra said residents can send her letters in support of the project, noting it is helpful in persuading officials that the sidewalk is important to the community in terms of convenience and safety.

The stretch of Old Stage Road between Wildflower Circle and Adams Farm Market is a popular area for bikers and joggers, but lacks a shoulder on either side of the road.

Letters pertaining to the sidewalk project should be mailed or dropped off prior to May 28 to Williston Office of Public Works, 7900 Williston Road, Williston, Vt. 05495. If the grant or other funding is secured, the sidewalk could be constructed next spring, Sheltra said.


— Marianne Apfelbaum, Observer staff