Racial justice group requests changes to Champlain Parkway
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance is requesting changes to the Champlain Parkway to address their concerns about racial and environmental injustice.
The alliance says it sent a plea to Gov. Phil Scott last month asking for modifications. Members claim the project, which is intended to reduce congestion in some Burlington neighborhoods, would actually dump more traffic into low-income, Black and immigrant neighborhoods in the Maple and King street areas. They say traffic would increase by 37% there, while it would decrease by 72% in wealthier, white communities.
Alliance director Mark Hughes says they want to have a conversation with the governor about the best way to move forward.
“We happen to believe that there’s a possibility that we can probably come to an acceptable agreement just by talking it through and making sure everybody understands all of the moving parts and that all of the stakeholders are at the table,” he said.
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