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Killington Selectboard approves park-and-ride facility

New amenity funded by state grants to improve town gateway aesthetics and traffic safety
KILLINGTON - The Killington Selectboard unanimously approved a plan to construct a new park-and-ride facility at the site of the town's new Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center during its Dec. 3 meeting.
Touted as a "terrific project" by Selectboard Chairman Chris Bianchi, the facility will consist of 34 parking spaces, a parking area for tour buses, and emergency pull off for trucks and buses, and a landscaped pedestrian sidewalk from the parking area to the Visitor Center. It will also provide easy access to recreational trails to Kent Pond, Thundering Brook Falls and the Appalachian and Long Trails.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2014. Located at the intersection of Routes 4 and 100 in Killington, the crossroads of two Vermont Byways, the project will provide access to the Visitor Center and neighboring business Base Camp Outfitters from Route 4 via a single consolidated entrance, which will be aligned with Killington Road.  The current configuration of multiple entrances creates an awkward and unsafe intersection for travelers.
Killington Town Manager Seth Webb says the park-and-ride facility is the first construction project of a broader beautification plan.
"Killington has long sought to improve pedestrian accessibility and traffic safety, as well as create a true sense of arrival for motorists driving on Routes 4 and 100," says Webb. "With the new Visitor Center and adjacent park-and-ride, we'll now have a place that really says, 'Welcome to Killington'."
During 2012 Killington worked with the Vermont Agency of Transportation on the creation of a Streetscape Study, which identified the need for traffic calming measures, pedestrian sidewalks and crosswalks, enhanced landscaping and other public amenities. At the end of 2012 the town applied for and received a grant for $80,000 to build a park-and-ride facility. In 2013, the town was also awarded an Eco-Restoration grant of up to $12,430 grant from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to fund stormwater mitigation design costs for the park-and-ride facility.
Formerly Bill's Country Store, the Killington Visitor Center is staffed and operated by the Killington Chamber of Commerce, which relocated to the building this fall through an agreement with the new owners. Chamber President Howard Smith says the town's plans are aligned with the owners' vision. "The new owners saw the potential of this property and its location, and from day one envisioned a Welcome Center to be located here. We are really excited about this announcement, and believe this is going to be a huge benefit for our community, for the resort and especially for travelers on the Route 4 corridor."
Killington Resort President Mike Solimano stated his support of the project.  "The Resort is one-hundred percent behind the Town's plan to establish a gateway to our community at this key intersection.  This new facility will help ensure that visitors to Killington receive the kind of welcome that makes them want to stop, explore, enjoy, and return."
The total cost of the project is estimated at $103,000 with approximately 85% to be financed by grant funds. For more information visit www.killingtontown.com.