Since the 1960’s city planners have identified the need to provide access between I-189, U.S Route 7 (Shelburne Street) and the City Center District (CCD) in the City of Burlington, Vermont in Chittenden County. The City of Burlington Department of Public Works in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, have transformed the original four-lane Southern Connector/Champlain Parkway freeway project to its current two-lane design.
The Champlain Parkway Project will improve traffic circulation, alleviate motorists capacity overburdens and improve motorist and pedestrian safety in the Southwestern section of the City.
Design elements of the Champlain Parkway Project include:
- New 25-mph city street between Home Avenue and Lakeside Avenue that will expand South End Connectivity
- Construction of shared-use path in the South End
- New curbing and better crown for drainage along Pine Street
- Reduced truck and commuter traffic through Home Avenue, Flynn Avenue, and Champlain Elementary School neighborhoods
- Improvements to stormwater management systems
- Install new sidewalk, crosswalks and pedestrian signals
New improvements to the streets and neighboring communities include:
- New roadway signage
- New granite curbing
- Pine Street bike lanes and safety improvements
- Bus bulbouts, bus shelters and bicycle racks at Pine Street and Howard Street intersection
- Emergency Vehicle Preemption
- Transit signal priority
The Champlain Parkway Project is set to begin construction in 2021.