The Main Street Revitalization (MSR) project in Winooski, Vermont, represents the city’s wholesale reimagination of one of its designated “Gateway Districts.” Garnering attention from the Federal Highway Administration and Vermont's Governor and U.S. Senators, the $18M project will be a catalyst to redevelop the city’s north end. Safeguarding pedestrians—particularly the many schoolchildren who use this route—and bicyclists and making the corridor more accessible to them were some of the MSR project’s drivers.
Undergrounding the electric and telecommunication infrastructure on Main Street would remove a significant barrier to the visionary rebalancing of the corridor with a narrower road and wider sidewalk, bulbouts, new crosswalks, a dedicated uphill bike lane, and street trees and other landscaping elements to enhance the aesthetic and treat stormwater runoff.
Written by VHB’s Even Detrick, PE, and Dan Peck, PE, read “Revitalizing Winooski’s Main Street” in the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section’s (BSCES) news.