Below are frequently asked questions about the Champlain Parkway Project. If you have a question and don't see it listed here, please contact the project team!
What are the improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists?
The Champlain Parkway Project will provide improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the entire corridor.
A new, shared-use path will connect to the existing path at Home Avenue, running north and south along the project corridor to Kilburn Street.
New, continuous, and ADA-compliant sidewalks will be installed, and bike lanes and shared lane pavement markings will be included along the project corridor.
The new and upgraded traffic signals will include an exclusive pedestrian phase with WALK signals, giving pedestrians a safe time to cross when no vehicular traffic is moving through the intersection.
On Pine Street, the project will install additional mid-block crosswalks with pedestrian-activated rectangular rapid flashing beacons. The intersections at Howard Street, Marble Avenue, and Kilburn Street will feature raised intersections that will serve to reduce traffic speeds by providing a visually contrasting pavement surface and improving the visibility of pedestrians.
The intersections at the northern end of Pine Street cannot accommodate the amount of traffic on Pine Street today. How will the Maple Street and King Street intersections be able to function with the addition of 1,400 vehicles per day resulting from the Champlain Parkway?
Today the intersection is inefficiently controlled by four-way stop signs. Therefore, all vehicles approaching the intersection must stop. The installation of traffic signals at the intersections of Pine Street with Maple Street and Pine Street with King Street will improve the level-of-service to acceptable levels in accordance with the VTrans’ Level of Service Policy.
Why not provide park-n-ride lots on the periphery of the city and improve public transportation rather than construct the Champlain Parkway?
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures include improving public transit, creation of park and ride facilities that encourage carpooling and/or transit use, increased bicycle commuting opportunities, and working with employers to provide alternatives to single-occupant vehicle use by employees. The objective of TDM is to reduce vehicular volumes within urban areas.
TDM options were considered as alternatives to the proposed project action. There have been considerable efforts focused on TDM measures within the City of Burlington in the past. Analysis indicates that TDM measures alone are not sufficient enough to address the project purpose and need. The Champlain Parkway does not preclude the implementation of TDM measures.
The Champlain Parkway will include transit improvements including new bus shelters, and transit signal prioritization at signalized intersections. Transit users will benefit from improved on-time bus service because of the reduced traffic congestion along Pine Street and with the Transit Signal Priority capabilities that will be integrated with the traffic signals.
If you build the Champlain Parkway people in the city will be cut-off from Lake Champlain, Red Rocks, and Oakledge Park.
The signalized intersections along the Champlain Parkway will feature exclusive pedestrian phases. That means that pedestrians would be able to push a button that would allow them to cross the street while all approaching traffic would be required to stop. The proposed traffic signals and crosswalks would be provided to maintain the east/west connectivity for pedestrians.
When will construction begin on the Champlain Parkway Project?
Construction activities are tentatively scheduled to begin in 2021. The project will go to bid in Winter 2021 and after a contractor has been selected, construction will begin in the Spring. The website will be updated, and an announcement will be sent to email subscribers when more information is available.
Will construction be conducted during the day or at night?
It is anticipated day and nighttime construction will be conducted on the project. In the vicinity of residential neighborhoods, construction activity is limited to 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday. For all other neighborhoods construction hours shall adhere to the City of Burlington regulations.
Will there be road closures and detours? If so, where?
Motorists and pedestrians will see temporary traffic barriers set up throughout the construction. Construction will take place in stages with traffic control measures in place for each stage. Construction along Pine Street will utilize alternating one-way traffic patterns to maintain traffic flow. Detours will be installed for construction activity on Home Avenue and Lakeside Avenue. At signaled intersections, Uniformed Traffic Officers or a team of flaggers will be in place to guide traffic through the work zone. As part of the project, Lyman Avenue, Ferguson Avenue, Briggs Street, Batchelder Street, Morse Place, and the southern end of Pine Street will be permanently transitioned to dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs will be constructed.
Will public transportation be impacted by construction?
It is anticipated that travelers through the construction area will encounter some traffic delays and detours, including public transit. The project team is working with local transportation companies to share construction information to help them plan bus routes based on upcoming construction activities. All bus stops will be available during construction. When school is in session, additional flaggers will be stationed at bus stops during pick-up and drop-off periods along with clear signing.
How long is construction expected to last?
Construction is expected to take two years to complete. Construction will take place primarily in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, with limited activities taking place during the Winter months beginning in 2021. However, all construction dates are tentative. The project timeline may be adjusted following the selection of a contractor and due to other circumstances, such as weather.
Will there be pedestrian access in the project area during construction?
Yes, pedestrian access will be maintained throughout construction. Temporary pedestrian detours will be installed to guide pedestrians around the work zone. Temporary pedestrian routes will comply with all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Pedestrian access will be provided to all adjacent properties, buildings, residences and businesses at all times. Construction work areas will be secured at the completion of each working day.
Where can I find updates about traffic delays and detours?
We encourage you to join the project's email distribution list, so you receive weekly updates about construction activities as well as traffic alerts related to detours and traffic delays. You can join the email list by submitting a form on the Contact Us page, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is the project contractor?
The contract has not yet been advertised for bid. The bid will be advertised in Winter 2021 and a contractor will be selected after the bid window closes. Once a contractor has been selected, the information will be shared on this website.
I live and/or work along the construction route. Will I be able to access residences and businesses?
Yes. The contractor will maintain access to adjacent properties during construction. The contractor will also work with local businesses to coordinate and maintain access for deliveries. If there is a need to block access for a period of time, the contractor will coordinate with businesses and residents in advance to provide notice.
I live in the project area. How will I know when construction crews will be working near my property?
We encourage area residents to subscribe to our weekly construction updates to stay informed about where construction activities are happening and the impacts on traffic for the coming week. The contractor will visit and leave a notification for residences that are directly impacted by construction activities at least one week prior to activity. The City’s public information team will also conduct outreach to residents and business owners adjacent to construction activities.