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Changes coming to Burlington's North Ave?

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North Avenue is what the Burlington Department of Public Works calls a "complete street," meaning it sees all modes of transportation: cars, bikes and pedestrians. But, that does not mean it is currently safe, and residents took to a public meeting Tuesday to express their concerns.

"You put the pedestrians at a risk," one Burlington resident said.

Public Works says the stretch of North Avenue between Plattsburgh Avenue to North Street is a high crash zone.

"Everything from confusing intersections, some skewed intersections, high speeds, the four-lane section can sometimes- the lanes are very narrow, with a lot of left turns," said Nicole Losch of Public Works. And the approximate 2-mile stretch is in dire need of improvements.

The public hearing on Tuesday was the culmination of a yearlong study of the North Ave. corridor by the state and developers.

DPW says some proposed fixes, like the reconstruction of intersections and addition of roundabouts, could take up to a decade to complete.

"We have about one-third of Burlington's population out here, so it really seems justified that we try to accommodate all residents who are trying to get to work, the grocery store, by whatever means for transportation they would like to choose," Losch said.

But other fixes, like adding more pedestrian crosswalks with longer cross times and bike lane improvements, could be seen sooner.

Public Works said they will now take all resident input that they have gathered over the past year and put the finishing touches on a plan within the next few months, including a final price tag. They will then present to the City Council and ask them to adopt the improvements.

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