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Construction to resume on Champlain Parkway after city secures $45M contract

Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 12:46 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The city of Burlington says construction could begin this summer on the Champlain Parkway, a road project that has been in the planning stages for decades.

Mayor Miro Weinberger’s office says the City Council fully supported a $45 million contract for construction to build the project that has been stalled for more than three decades. The mayor’s office says the contract will improve traffic flow, alleviate overburdened roadways, protect Lake Champlain, and improve car, bike, and pedestrian safety in the southwest section of the city.

The federal government is funding 95% of the project, while the state and the city will cover the rest.

The goal is to connect the south end to downtown while alleviating traffic in the neighborhoods. The first phase of construction is expected to start this summer.

The project was previously known as the Southern Connector.

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