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Killington applies for VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant to begin streetscape enhancements

KILLINGTON-On Friday, August 24, the Town of Killington sent a proposal to VTrans for a $663,300 Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant. If accepted, this grant would cover Phase 1A of the Killington Gateway Project, which includes traffic calming measures to improve safety for all users; pedestrian sidewalks and crosswalks to improve safety and ensure ease of walkable access to all businesses; enhanced streetscaping, landscaping and public amenities; and additional gateway amenities to convey a sense of arrival along the Route 4 and VT 100 crossroads.

The Town has agreed to provide 10% of the project funding; or $73,700, for a total cost of $737,000 for Phase 1A.

The Town expects to hear from VTrans regarding approval by October, reports Town Manager Seth Webb.

Killington's 2010 Town Plan recommends supporting the objective to improve pedestrian accessibility and traffic safety as does the Town's Economic Development and Tourism Strategic Plan. Both have supported steps in this direction.

In 2011, the Town received a Transportation Enhancement Grant to fund a streetscape study and hired RSG & LandWorks team to identify and prioritize improvements in this area. To support the research and planning effort, the town held a series of public meetings to gather local input.

After gathering the data, the RSG & LandWorks team prepared a report of their recommendations and on June 26 they presented "Killington's Community Crossroads: US 4 and VT 100; Streetscape, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Study" to the Killington Selectboard.
After the presentation, the Killington Selectboard voted unanimously to support the concept, incorporate the meeting feedback, and proceed with the study's recommendations.

The proposed streetscape enhancement plan will be implemented in phases that are expected to take place over the next 5+ years.
Phase 1A is concentrated on enhancing the sidewalk and parking areas for the west side of Route 4. The primary facilities this grant would support are a sidewalk, curbed islands, pedestrian lighting, signs and striping.

"This project will provide a critical link in the central activity center of the Town between businesses, civic services, tourist information, and outdoor recreation and benefit the thousands of residents and travelers that utilize the area on a daily basis," the Town states in it's description of the project for the grant.

In addition to the 10% match for the initial funding, the Town of Killington would be responsible for and is committed to fund the maintenance, which will include sidewalk maintenance (plowing, sanding, etc), landscaping, and electrical (lighting) upkeep.

Tagged: VTrans, Town of Killington