Riverside Triangle Sidewalk Scoping Project

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WHAT IS THE PROJECT?

The town received funding from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) to hire the engineering firm of Stantec for a sidewalk scoping study to close the network gaps around the Riverside village triangle. This project will identify a preferred alternative for this important missing link along Vermont Route 15.The project area begins on the east side of Vermont Route 15, at the Jericho Market driveway and opposite Raceway Road, where an existing sidewalk to the south ends. It extends northward approximately 1600 feet and connects to the sidewalk on Park Street.

WHY ARE WE UNDERTAKING THIS PROJECT?

Within the last three years, the former sawmill property (18+/- acres) in the designated Village Center of Riverside within the Town of Jericho has changed ownership and the property is targeted for mixed use development. More information about that development may be found, on the Riverside webpage. So far, the Jericho Market and the Union Bank have been constructed. Although 200 feet of sidewalk was constructed in front of the grocery store, there are no pedestrian facilities on the east side of Vermont Route 15 to the north.

Over the last 10 years, the Town has constructed sidewalks on the west side of Vermont Route 15 and crosswalks at Vermont Route 15 and River Road and one at Raceway Road and Vermont Route 15. The proposed extension of the sidewalk on the east side will complete the connections around the triangle, on both sides of Vermont Route 15 as well as expand connections to Mills River Park, Raceway Road, Browns River Middle School and the Deborah Rawson Library on River Road.

WHAT IS NEXT?

Stantec is currently compiling existing/future conditions data and developing a base map for the project area.

A Local Concerns meeting was held on December 16th at 6 pm to hear the public's issues and concerns. Stay tuned for more information from that meeting. In case you missed it, you can watch the MMCTV recording of the meeting by clicking the video below. You can also leave comments or questions below.


Potential alternatives will then be developed. The early assumptions are that the following alternatives will be developed and evaluated:

  • Do Nothing (No-Build)
  • A 5 foot wide sidewalk along the east side of Vermont Route 15 with a standard offset of approximately 6 feet from the edge of the Vermont Route 15 shoulder pavement
  • A 5 foot wide sidewalk along the east side of Vermont Route 15 with a varying offset from the edge of the Vermont Route 15 shoulder pavement to minimize impacts.

Short term improvements such as crosswalks, pavement markings, and the need for stormwater treatment will also be considered, discussed and included in the scoping report. Additionally, conceptual cost estimates will be included as will identifying natural and cultural resource constraints, right of way, and utility conflicts.

The alternatives will then be evaluated and a final alternative will be chosen. A full report will be produced with a cost estimate for the preferred alternative.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT?

The town received funding from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) to hire the engineering firm of Stantec for a sidewalk scoping study to close the network gaps around the Riverside village triangle. This project will identify a preferred alternative for this important missing link along Vermont Route 15.The project area begins on the east side of Vermont Route 15, at the Jericho Market driveway and opposite Raceway Road, where an existing sidewalk to the south ends. It extends northward approximately 1600 feet and connects to the sidewalk on Park Street.

WHY ARE WE UNDERTAKING THIS PROJECT?

Within the last three years, the former sawmill property (18+/- acres) in the designated Village Center of Riverside within the Town of Jericho has changed ownership and the property is targeted for mixed use development. More information about that development may be found, on the Riverside webpage. So far, the Jericho Market and the Union Bank have been constructed. Although 200 feet of sidewalk was constructed in front of the grocery store, there are no pedestrian facilities on the east side of Vermont Route 15 to the north.

Over the last 10 years, the Town has constructed sidewalks on the west side of Vermont Route 15 and crosswalks at Vermont Route 15 and River Road and one at Raceway Road and Vermont Route 15. The proposed extension of the sidewalk on the east side will complete the connections around the triangle, on both sides of Vermont Route 15 as well as expand connections to Mills River Park, Raceway Road, Browns River Middle School and the Deborah Rawson Library on River Road.

WHAT IS NEXT?

Stantec is currently compiling existing/future conditions data and developing a base map for the project area.

A Local Concerns meeting was held on December 16th at 6 pm to hear the public's issues and concerns. Stay tuned for more information from that meeting. In case you missed it, you can watch the MMCTV recording of the meeting by clicking the video below. You can also leave comments or questions below.


Potential alternatives will then be developed. The early assumptions are that the following alternatives will be developed and evaluated:

  • Do Nothing (No-Build)
  • A 5 foot wide sidewalk along the east side of Vermont Route 15 with a standard offset of approximately 6 feet from the edge of the Vermont Route 15 shoulder pavement
  • A 5 foot wide sidewalk along the east side of Vermont Route 15 with a varying offset from the edge of the Vermont Route 15 shoulder pavement to minimize impacts.

Short term improvements such as crosswalks, pavement markings, and the need for stormwater treatment will also be considered, discussed and included in the scoping report. Additionally, conceptual cost estimates will be included as will identifying natural and cultural resource constraints, right of way, and utility conflicts.

The alternatives will then be evaluated and a final alternative will be chosen. A full report will be produced with a cost estimate for the preferred alternative.

This meeting has concluded.

Although we will have a public meeting on Wednesday December 16, we realize that some folks will be unable to attend.  Please use this space to offer your thoughts and questions.  Leave you comments here and we will be sure to see and review them.