Burlington Greenway enters next phase

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The waterfront bike path is one of Burlington's crown jewels and Wednesday night residents in the South End are learning about the latest improvement to the path.

There's more than eight miles of bike path in Burlington, and if you live or play in the city, you've probably noticed that it's been going through a lot of work for the past four years. No officials say they are in the home stretch of the greenway construction.

Phase one was the waterfront area to North Beach. That involved an overhaul of the waterfront, including adding fitness stations and re-routing the bike path. It cost $3.2 million and wrapped up in 2017.

Phase two was the latest to wrap up, with work spanning from North Beach to the Winooski River. That cost $2.6 million and finished in May, though they are still working on adding more pause places there.

Phase 3, which is up for discussion, starts at Queen City Park Road on the South Burlington border and heads down along Austin Drive. It goes through neighborhoods, picking up at Oakledge Park and following the bike path through to behind the Blodgett building and beach, over the Pine Street Canal and past the wastewater treatment plant to Perkins Pier. It officially ends at College Street by ECHO at the start of Waterfront Park.

Some of the changes are not yet finalized, especially for the first part of that route, but a few of them have already been decided on and are outlined in a map on the city's website, including new pause places at three spots -- Oakledge Park, Lakeside Park. and Roundhouse Point. There will also be a UVM Medical Center fitness station at Oakledge similar to the ones by the waterfront.

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