Pearl Street Corridor Scoping Study
The Pearl Street Corridor Scoping study will evaluate the possibility of reconfiguring Pearl Street between Battery Street and St. Paul Street as a complete street consistent with the recent improvements made to Pearl Street at Church Street. The current configuration includes a four-lane cross section west of North Champlain Street and a two-lane cross section with on-street parking east of North Champlain Street. Sidewalks are provided on both sides of the roadway throughout this section. The recently improved section at Church Street accommodates on-street parking protected by curb extensions, bike lanes and a single travel lane in each direction. The City will consider a short-range plan for Pearl Street that respects the existing curb lines and a longer range plan that could involve relocation of the curbs to either widen or narrow the travelway.
Issues to be evaluated as part of this study include the following:
- Prior proposals by the City to improve pedestrian connections across Battery Street by eliminating one of the two northbound right-turn lanes on Battery Street to Pearl Street
- Accommodation of buses on Pearl Street and Battery Street in consideration of the City’s plan to move the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) transit center from Cherry Street to St. Paul Street
- Vehicle storage requirements (queuing space) along Pearl Street between the Battery Street and North Champlain Street intersections
- The City’s interest in providing long-term parking for tour buses in or near the study area
- Maintaining the on-street parking supply at or near current levels to support businesses located along Pearl Street
- Enhancing the streetscape to support pedestrian travel via Pearl Street between Church Street and the Lake Champlain Waterfront/Battery Park area
- Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements at sidewalk crossings of driveways and streets
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A community meeting was held on February 4, 2015.
For more information, please contact Christine Forde, CCRPC Senior Transportation Planner, at (802) 846-4490 x *13.