Burlington Greenway and Island Line Trail - Construction Updates
Vermont summers... Warmer temperatures, flowers dotting the hillsides and the distant sounds of construction vehicles.
South Hero's South Street is currently under construction. Ultimately, the project will span South Street from between Martin Rd. and Landon Rd., a total distance of about 1.3 miles. The construction will take place in two phases. Phase 1 - will take place from Martin Rd to West Shore Rd. Phase 2 - will be taking place from West Shore Rd. to Landon Rd. Expected completion date for Phase 1 is the end of July. Expected construction completion date of Phase 2 is late summer/early fall. Construction and detours are a bummer for biking but ultimately, the work that is being done now is going to make South Shore so much more accessible and comfortable for everyone (regardless of their mode of transportation) in the future. So thank you for your understanding and patience!
It is important to note that this information is being provided as a convenience and is intended for reference only. Local Motion assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage suffered as a result of reliance on or misuse of the information. For more information on the construction taking place, please visit www.southherovt.org/selectboard.
August 18 update
South Street in South Hero is completely closed to through vehicle traffic between Landon Road and the Whipple/West Shore intersection during week days. South Street, when open, is passable by bike but sections are rough. Detours have been made to direct folks to East Shore Road via Whipple and Landon roads. We've made up a map of these detours, but please be aware that this map reflects what we've been told and may not 100% accurately reflect route availability.
June 26 update
When construction begins between West Shore Rd. and Landon Rd, that section of Shore Street will be closed to traffic during daylight hours. South Street will open to traffic for evenings and weekends. During its closure, a detour will be provided directing people out Whipple Rd. to East Shore Rd. or from West Shore Rd. to Lakeview Rd.
May 22 update
Work began on April 25th on the section from Martin Rd. to West Shore Rd.
Burlington Greenway Bike Path, Colchester Causeway Park and Bike Ferry Status
Burlington Greenway Bike Path
The Burlington Greenway is open beginning at Maple Street and heading north, and from Lakeside Ave heading south. The short segment from Lakeside to Maple Street will, unfortunately, be closed for the 2020 season. A detour route has been established along Pine St., and Local Motion is working with the City to make it safe and comfortable for cyclists.
(Map from BPRW)
Having the bike path closed for the 2020 season was not the plan. The factors that caused this closure were not in anyone’s control, though, and Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront is doing all it can to get the path open as soon as possible.
Burlington’s Greenway has been undergoing a multi-phase rehabilitation that began several years ago. Last fall, the City of Burlington began work on the most challenging stage of the rehabilitation, where the path crosses the Barge Canal in Burlington’s South End. The work required to complete this section is only feasible when the water level in Lake Champlain is low, as it typically is in the fall and winter. Unfortunately, we experienced a very strong storm on Halloween that dumped about 3 inches of rain in a matter of hours and raised the water level by multiple feet, bringing construction to a standstill. Work on this section of the path cannot resume until the water levels drop again. Visit BPRW’s update page for more information and background on the bike path rehabilitation project.
Colchester Causeway Park & Bike Ferry Status
Local Motion had scheduled the Bike Ferry season opening for May 23rd to coincide with the completion of the Causeway repairs and improvements that began last fall.
However, we were recently notified by the Town of Colchester that the reopening of the Causeway would be delayed due to the Governor's COVID-19 order to halt construction projects. We have tentatively scheduled the ferry opening for July 1st. This is our best-guess scenario for the earliest start date considering Causeway readiness and uncertainty about the virus impact.
We will be keeping a careful eye on all of the factors that can impact our schedule and will adjust as the situation dictates.