South Burlington City Council Approves Design for I-89 Pedestrian Bridge
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont (WCAX) – The South Burlington City Council has approved the final design for a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 89.
The $14.5 million crossing project has been in the works for several years now.
It will create a pedestrian and bicycle access bridge over I-89, connecting the Staples Plaza and Quarry Hill residential area lanes to the University Mall property.
The bridge will have 14-foot-wide lanes and high walls that can protect users from high winds.
City officials say this will help move pedestrians between Burlington and South Burlington safely without having to cross the freeway on and off the ramps.
“At South Burlington, we really strive to make it possible for people to walk and bike as a choice, not just a necessity. And so we kind of worked to piece together the existing infrastructure that we have and fill in the gaps. I’m really excited that we ended up with a beautiful project and a project that will be really functional for users,” said Ilona Blanchard, Director of Community Development for South Burlington.
The city has already secured $9.7 million in federal funding for the bridge.
The final say on funding the project through tax increases will rest with voters on the day of the town meeting.
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