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Posted on: August 11, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Mayor's Update August 11, 2023

Mayor Kristine Lott

Hi neighbors, 

The Winooski City Council hosts just one meeting in August, which we held on the 7th. If you were not able to attend, one notable highlight included a Public Safety budget reallocation that adds a new Fire Inspector/Firefighter role and supports our building/rental property inspection team. This reallocation does not increase the budget or the tax rate and will add value to the services we provide in Winooski! Keep an eye out for this open position at winooskivt.gov/jobs and be sure to share it with your neighbors. For other items during this meeting, please visit our Agenda Center to watch the recorded video or view the meeting minutes (available soon).

For the rest of my update, I'd like to dive into the municipal infrastructure topics we discussed during public comment and thank all of the residents who spoke about these issues (including sidewalk/crosswalk safety, line striping, and traffic calming). There's a lot of work happening toward our shared vision of a walkable/bikeable Winooski, which you may find helpful to know about:

City-wide line striping: Our Department of Public Works doesn't have the specialized equipment or capacity to provide this service. So, like many other communities in Vermont, we hire a contractor to get it done. While we did award a contractor last year, they are the only company that provides this service in the entire state. The rain and flooding have put them behind schedule, but it looks like they should get started around August 21st (weather dependent). And, while former administrations felt it necessary to prioritize other items the tax rate low, the current City Council dedicated funding to get annual line striping back on track. There may be a need for more annual funding as we continue to add crosswalks and bike lanes around the city, so keep that in mind as we head into budget season in October!

Winooski Bike/Ped Masterplan: This planning effort is underway to provide priority recommendations for bike/pedestrian improvements and focuses on the concerns outlined in our Transportation Master Plan and the Parks & Open Space Master Plan. The online community survey is still open! Voice your opinion here.

Traffic and Parking Initiatives: Learn more about our newly completed traffic calming manual, the traffic calming evaluation process, a current (draft) list of streets that are up for evaluation, our Parking Inventory Analysis/Management Plan, and more.

Main Street Revitalization: This voter-approved and community-feedback-driven project encompasses the full reconstruction of Main Street, which will improve safety, accessibility, and mobility for all modes of transportation through the corridor; replace vital water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure; and accommodate stable growth along the corridor by eliminating physical barriers (e.g., overhead utilities) and improving the streetscape and landscape environment. We are excited to announce that this project is currently out to bid - for details, please visit winooskivt.gov/mainstreet.

East Allen Street Scoping Study: These planning efforts offered a vision for increased safety and mobility for all roadway users, improved streetscape amenities, and enhanced economic development opportunities along the major gateway corridors in Winooski.

Lafountain-Dion Street Scoping Study: This study examines alternatives to the street’s configuration with a focus on enhancing the street for walking, biking, and urban tree planting. The study aims to achieve consensus on a conceptual alternative that the City can then work toward implementing. 

Winooski-Burlington Bridge Replacement: The existing bridge (constructed in 1929) is approaching the end of its service life and its replacement is a priority action for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. The new bridge is expected to improve connectivity for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists with the addition of 12ft wide multi-use paths on both sides Public outreach work will be starting next month. Keep an eye out for additional updates and a new project website.

Exit 16 Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Project: We continue to share project, construction, and traffic updates directly from the Vermont Agency of Transportation. When the project is completed, the I-89 interchange at Exit 16 will include new bike lanes and sidewalks creating safe access for our residents and visitors to access Shaws and the other businesses located in the area.

Please continue to voice your priorities and concerns for Winooski. The City Councilors and I value your questions, comments, and suggestions - not only are they useful on a regular basis, but are tremendously helpful during the budget and resource prioritization process that happens every year. 

As always, please reach out at any time.

Mayor Kristine Lott

klott@winooskivt.gov / 802 766 1988

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