Colchester Riverside Intersection Scoping Study

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The Colchester Avenue / Riverside Avenue / Barrett Street / Mill Street intersection is a component of the Colchester Avenue Corridor Plan that was identified as a potential standalone project that could be more readily implemented while contributing to the overall “Complete Street” vision of Colchester Avenue. The corridor plan identified issues and challenges of the intersection and recommended consolidating the intersection into one signalized intersection. To further evaluate and define this recommendation, as well as other potential alternatives, the City of Burlington has sought assistance from the CCRPC to complete a scoping process that will provide more detail and assist the City in selecting a “preferred alternative.” Considerations will include the area’s importance as the northern gateway to Burlington, scenic vistas to the Winooski River and the concurrent study of a bicyclist and pedestrian bridge over the Winooski River upstream/east of the existing bridge.



Study Area

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Public Participation

The CCRPC Public Participation Plan is the foundation for all CCRPC public engagement efforts. The public engagement plan for the Colchester/Riverside Intersection Scoping 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 for Chittenden County. This Plan is the culmination of almost two years of dedicated work from the municipalities, over 45 organizations, and residents. The Public Engagement 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 Colchester/Riverside Intersection Scoping Study will be led by an Advisory Committee and will include two public meetings and additional visits to City Committees and the City Council.

Public Meetings:

Public Meeting – March 8, 2016, 7:00pm | McClure Conference Room, UVM Medical Center, Colchester Ave. Entrance, Burlington
An introduction to the project process, existing conditions, and an opportunity for the public to voice their input on issues, concerns and goals.

Public Meeting # 2 – May 26, 2016, 7:00pm | McClure Conference Room, UVM Medical Center, Colchester Ave. Entrance, Burlington
Come to the second public meeting for the Colchester/Riverside Ave Intersection Study and help develop solutions to make this critical intersection safe for all users.


Study Documents


Advisory Committee

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 purpose and need statement, alternatives, and recommendations. Ultimately, the City Council will consider and endorse the final design recommendations of the Study.

Advisory Committee Members:

  • Burlington City Staff – Nicole Losch, Meagan Tuttle
  • Burlington City Council – Sharon Bushor
  • Ward 1 NPA – Wayne Senville, Richard Hillyard
  • CCTA – David Armstrong
  • CATMA & Hill Institutions – Sandy Thibault
  • AARP – Kelly Stoddard-Poor
  • Winooski City Staff – Alex Sampson
  • Local Motion – Jason Van Driesche
  • Redstone (Chase Mill) – Linda Letourneau
  • CCRPC – Eleni Churchill

CCRPC Project Manager: Jason Charest, 802.861.0127,
Consultant: Greg Edwards, Stantec

Advisory Committee Schedule & Materials:

Advisory Committee Meeting # 1 | January 14, 2016
Review the scope of work, Public Outreach Plan, Project Schedule and Deliverables, and Overall Project Goals.

Advisory Committee Meeting # 2 | April 26, 2016
Presentation of the draft Existing Conditions Assessment, discussion of project purpose and need statement, discussion of possible alternatives.

Advisory Committee Meeting # 3 | September 22, 2016
Identification of a preferred alternative.

Advisory Committee Meeting # 4 | November 10, 2016

Advisory Committee Meeting # 5 | June 19, 2018



This project is being managed by Jason Charest of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Please direct all comments, concerns, and questions to him:

Jason CharestSenior Transportation Planning Engineer
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, VT 05404

Consultant Team

Technical evaluation, conceptual planning, community meeting facilitation and project task coordination will be undertaken by a consultant team. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission will provide overall project management and day-to-day guidance to the consultant team, with the Advisory Committee providing strategic direction for the project. The consultant team consists of the following firms:

Stantec | The Stantec community unites more than 15,000 employees working in over 250 locations. We collaborate across disciplines and industries to bring buildings, energy and resource, and infrastructure projects to life. Our work—professional consulting in urban planning, engineering, landscape architecture and streetscape design, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships.  Our South Burlington office, located in the heart of Chittenden County, is made up of roughly 55 Vermonters who are members of communities throughout Chittenden County, drive their children to school on County roads, and ride their bicycles on local pathways. To say that our staff is vested in the CCRPC’s support of successful transportation infrastructure would be an understatement. Our families’ safety depends on it.

Consultant Team Project Manager: Greg Edwards, Senior Principal, Transportation, Stantec, 802.497-6398

Third Sector Associates | Since 1992, Third Sector Associates has provided public involvement and community development assistance to Vermont nonprofits and government agencies. Third Sector Associates is located in Burlington and will assist with public meeting logistics and facilitation. Third Sector’s experience includes public engagement work for transportation planning agencies, towns, and large nonprofit organizations.

Public Engagement Consultant: Diane Meyerhoff,, 802.865.1794