The Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (DPRW) is leading a full rehabilitation of the Burlington Greenway (informally known as the Lakeshore Bike Path). Phase 1 of the project—from the ECHO Center to North Beach—was completed in December 2016. Phase 2 of the project—from North Beach to the Winooski River bridge—will run from June through December of 2017.
Local Motion is working closely with DPRW and with other city officials to advise on detour design and management while the path is under construction. We will post updates on both the status of path construction and on Local Motion's work related to construction detour planning on this page on a regular basis. For more detailed updates on construction, visit DPRW's Phase 2 Updates page.
June 22 update
DPRW has released the official detour map. Local Motion has updated it slightly to further lay out and identify the details and intricacies of the detour. At this time, Local Motion believes that the detour will be in effect until construction of this section of path is completed sometime in the coming fall.
June 12 update
Construction starts the week of June 19. What section will be the first to be closed for construction is currently being negotiated with the contractor. The only thing that is certain is that it will be in the northern section of the path (between North Beach and the Winooski River). Local Motion is advocating for construction phasing that minimizes impacts on path users, particularly in the high tourist season.
At least a portion of the detour will of necessity send bicyclists out onto North Avenue. The exact detour route is still being determined. Local Motion is evaluating the detour route carefully and working with the city to make it as safe and as direct as possible. Again, we will share details as soon as they are available.
The Winooski River bridge will remain open until further notice. At some point, the bridge will need to be closed for three to five days while the segment of path between North Avenue Extension and the bridge is repaved. Local Motion is advocating for holding off on this portion of the construction process until after Labor Day, when tourist traffic drops off and the Island Line Bike Ferry goes to weekend-only service. Details to follow.
June 5 update
Staging for construction on Phase 2 will begin during the week of June 12. The path will remain open for the week, but path users should expect to encounter vehicles and personnel engaged in survey work and other preparations.
May 19 update
Local Motion has submitted extensive comments to DPRW regarding detour routing, signage, and marketing. We are meeting with DPRW staff next week to review those recommendations.
May 8 update
Local Motion has begun discussions with the Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront on detour plans for the bike path during this summer's construction season. Stay tuned for updates!