By Councilor Mike Myers
This month we have several infrastructure updates to share, including the addition of a pedestrian crossing sign in front of the Senior Tower on Barlow Street and painting the sidewalk on West Canal in front of the building that houses Four Quarters, where there was a safety concern.
East Allen Street improvements are being considered in a scoping study lead by Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and VHB. A public meeting will occur at the October 7 City Council meeting. This is your chance to provide feedback before final designs are selected. These designs will be used as funding becomes available in the future to support improvements to the corridor. There is no planned construction at this time. View the project details here: https://bit.ly/2D4vUWS and feel free to email comments if you can't make Monday's meeting.
Remaining annual street resurfacing and repair work will be completed by mid-October. This work includes the previously completed city-wide crack sealing program, pavement resurfacing (Leclair, Burling and Richards) and temporary joint repairs on Main Street from West Allen to Mansion Street.
The Pine Grove Terrace stormwater improvement project will be completed in October. This project provides stormwater runoff water quality and flow control improvements by upgrading an existing detention pond and installation of new bioretention basins within street. This project is partially funded by a DEC clean water block grant.
The new parking garage that voters approved this past March is pending a final project approval for the hotel or building that will share the lot. Council will hear proposals at an upcoming meeting, targeted for October 29.
The Headworks project at the water treatment facility is on schedule to complete in mid-November. This project was approved by voters in March 2018 and modernizes our water treatment process. The project is currently tracking below budget.
Hickok Street is on track for completion for mid-November and is also tracking below budget. This is a two-phase project wherein water infrastructure was upgraded this year, but the roadwork will not be completed until next year, as it needs to settle over the winter to be ready for a final surface.
Main Street Revitalization is in final engineering with construction anticipated to being in the Summer of 2020. Staff are coordinating with the school on their construction plans, as well as Colchester and the planned construction at I-89 Exit 16. City Council will hear a comprehensive update on the Main Street project in November and make a decision on how to move forward – either with the full project or taking a phased approach to reduce cost.
Myers Memorial Pool construction is on track and expected to open in June of 2020. City staff are currently working out what programs to have and how to staff the pool.
View more details on these updates here.
The Municipal Infrastructure Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month. These meetings are open to the public. Agendas, schedule and other details can be found here.
Feel free to reach out with questions regarding this update: Mike Myers – email@example.com