Saturday, March 7, 2015

Burlington VT Officials Discuss Planning of New Rail Yard Project


Burlington officials discussed planning on a project designed to reduce traffic in the city's south end.

The Rail Yard Enterprise Project could decrease traffic on King and Maple streets by adding a road connecting Pine Street to Battery Street. The city is examining five different plans. Some include just one street through the old rail yard. Others include several roads, further completing the street grid there.

"Those five alternatives are everything from a simple connection from Pine to Battery to a network of grid streets. We're going to take these five alternatives that we're reviewing tonight and further refine those and get down hopefully to two or three that can enter the federal environmental impact statement process," said Chapin Spencer of Burlington Public Works.

Right now city leaders are looking at potential environmental, social, economic and transportation pitfalls tied to the different options.

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