Earlier this year, Governor Shumlin announced that the Circ Highway would not be built as planned. Instead, the governor called on towns, advocates, and state government to work together to come up with alternatives to the Circ that would address some of the same issues — mainly congestion and traffic safety — without building a new highway. Local Motion was asked to serve on the Circ Alternatives Task Force, which has been meeting since late summer to identify and come to consensus on options to propose to the State for funding.
The first round of projects includes development of a detailed plan and alignment for a shared-use path along Route 15 from Winooski to Essex Junction — a major priority for the bicycling community for years. Please voice your support for this important regional link! Come to the public meeting this Wednesday, December 14.
Local Motion supports these projects because they help advance Circ communities’ transportation priorities while building the bicycling, walking, and transit infrastructure that our region needs. The members of the Task Force have done a great job of thinking regionally and looking to the future. Please come thank them and help us make sure that these projects proceed as planned.
There is a memo describing the proposed “implementation” (i.e., construction) projects as well as a list of proposed planning projects (the first five on the list are proposed for the current round) on the Circ Alternatives website, as well as a series of maps of the (now defunct) highway version of the Circ project and lots more. Contact Jason Van Driesche, Local Motion’s Director of Advocacy and Education, at email@example.com or 861-2700 x109 with questions.
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