Changes planned for one of the busiest streets in South Burlington

Published: Nov. 3, 2017 at 10:58 PM EDT
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One of Vermont's highest crash locations is getting some extra attention.

The city of South Burlington won an $800,000 grant from VTrans. City officials say the federal funds will be put toward Williston Road, between Dorset Street and Midas Drive.

Planners want to create a streetscape, with a new sidewalk, a bike lane, a buffer for snow and water, and improved lighting.

The two million dollar project will also be paid for using TIF financing.

Organizers tell us traffic lanes won't be affected.

Project Manager Ilona Blanchard says the city used to require more space between buildings and the curb, and that's the land it plans on using. So, city officials will need to work with each individual property owner before they dig in.

"We also have lots of jobs here in South Burlington that are close to the Williston Road corridor and on the Williston Road corridor, so this provides a lot of alternatives for people who may want to walk or bike to work or to school or to play,” said Blanchard.

WCAX tried to talk with some of the business owners whose properties will be affected by the changes. Some were not available Friday, and others did not want to speak until they knew more about the project.

The city has four years to complete the plan. Its next steps are signing an agreement with the state and finding a contractor.