Milton US-7 Corridor Study
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This study will assist the Town of Milton in framing the transportation needs for the anticipated growth along the US 7 corridor, extending from approximately Forbes Road to Main Street. This area has experienced considerable commercial growth in recent years and is expected to see continued development into the future. The Study will evaluate potential impacts and make recommendations concerning highway configuration, traffic control, access management, public transit, and pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.
Transportation conditions will be evaluated from a “Complete Streets” perspective, specifically considering how the street operates for all user groups. The study will recommend actions to remake the corridor to better accommodate all users. The final plan will identify improvements that could be implemented in the near-term for relatively low cost, as well as potentially longer-term improvements involving larger-scale physical changes to portions of the corridor.
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The CCRPC Public Participation Plan, the foundation for all CCRPC public engagement efforts, uses a Spectrum of Participation as the framework to determine and categorize the level of effort appropriate for agency activities. Depending on the size and scope of the project, the level of public engagement can range from “Inform” all the way to “Empower.” Each activity has minimum public participation requirements. The Spectrum of Participation identifies the various methods that may be used to engage the public in CCRPC activities. Corridor studies like the US 7 study are considered “collaborative” efforts where the CCRPC will partner with the public in each aspect of the decision including the development of alternatives and the identification of the preferred solution.
The public participation plan for the US7 Corridor Study will support the Social Community goal in the 2013 ECOS Plan: “Promote the skills, resources, and assurance needed for all community members to participate in the workforce and in their family, civic and cultural lives, within and among their neighborhoods, and in the larger community.” The ECOS Plan is the combined Regional Plan, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Chittenden County. This Plan is the culmination of almost two years of dedicated work from our municipalities, over 45 organizations, and residents. The Public Participation Plan will also support Strategy 8 of the ECOS Plan: “Ensure that the projects and actions in all ECOS strategies assess equity impacts, and that the design and development of programs are inclusive of all and engage underrepresented populations.”
In order to accomplish these goals, the US 7 Corridor Study will include three public meetings, four Advisory Committee meetings, and a dedicated project website. The purpose of the public meetings is to gather meaningful input from and disseminate information to elected officials, area residents, businesses, institutions, and other stakeholders. Information from these meeting will be used to plan for more efficient and safe travel in the corridor for all users.
The study is sponsored by the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission in partnership with the Town of Milton and VTrans.
Public Meeting # 1 – Monday, October 6, 6pm | Milton Municipal Building, 43 Bombardier Rd., Milton
The meeting will feature the following information: study introduction, decision-making process, schedule, participation opportunities, existing conditions, corridor issues.
Public Meeting # 2 – Thursday, January 29, 6:00pm Open House; 7:00pm Presentation | Milton Municipal Building, 43 Bombardier Rd., Milton
The meeting will cover the future conditions and draft vision and goals. Feedback on draft vision and goals will be encouraged. A presentation will be followed by break out groups to review and expand upon potential improvement strategies for the short and long term.
Public Meeting # 3 – Monday, May 18, 6:00pm | Milton Municipal Building, 43 Bombardier Rd., Milton
The meeting will present a draft Corridor Study and seek feedback. Sponsored by the Milton Selectboard and Planning Commission.
- Final Report » | November 2016
IN THE NEWS
- Milton Works to Improve Your Commute on Route 7 » | ABC22/Fox44 | May 18, 2015
- Vt. Dept. of Health Reviews Route 7 Pedestrian Safety » | Milton Independent | December 3, 2014
- Milton’s Road Map to the Future » | ABC22/Fox44 | October 6, 2014
- People in Milton Give Input on Route 7 Study » | WPTZ Channel 5 | October 6, 2014
The role of the Advisory Committee is to represent a range of perspectives; review study materials and provide feedback; communicate with and provide updates to their organizations/constituents; and participate in developing the vision, goals, options, and recommendations. Ultimately, the Selectboard will consider and endorse the final recommendations of the Study.
- Amy Bell, VTrans
- Bill Dailey, Business Representative
- Ed DeMott, VT Department of Health Burlington Office
- Lori Donna, Town of Milton Planning Commission
- Kym Duchesneau, Town of Milton Recreation
- Rob Hall, VTrans
- Jacob Hemmerick, Town of Milton Planning
- Dick Hosking, VTrans District 5
- Roger Hunt, Town of Milton Public Works
- Chris Jolly, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
- Bruce Nyquist, VTrans
- Brian Palaia, Town of Milton Town Manager
- Katherine Sonnick, Town of Milton Planning
- Mary Jane Stintson, Milton Elementary School
- Don Turner, Town of Milton Fire & Rescue
- Brett Van Noordt, Town of Milton Police
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Advisory Committee Meeting #1 – June 25, 2014 | Milton Municipal Building
Study initiation and discussion of corridor issues
Advisory Committee Meeting #2 – September 22, 2014 | Milton Municipal Building (Community Room)
Corridor Field Review, Existing Conditions, Process for Future Conditions Assessment
Advisory Committee Meeting #3 – December 8, 2014 | Milton Municipal Building
Existing/Future Conditions Review, Draft Vision & Goals, Potential Corridor Strategies
Advisory Committee Meeting #4 – April 23, 2015
Evaluation results, draft Recommendations, draft Implementation Plan
For more information, please contact Jason Charest, CCRPC Senior Transportation Planning Engineer, at 802-846-4490 x *32.