Construction of the Great Streets Main Street project has officially commenced in the city of Burlington, Vermont, US.
Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger, alongside the city’s Public Works director Chapin Spencer, who is managing the project alongside other partners, celebrated the start of construction.
Spencer said: “This project represents a major investment into the Burlington of today and tomorrow. We’re replacing centuries-old infrastructure, setting the community up for investments in housing and commerce and reducing the risk of infrastructure failure.
“Through it all, our downtown is open for business and there is space for you in Burlington! Visit our website, park in our garages and sign up for our weekly project emails to stay informed.”
The project is the last of three major Tax Increment Financing (TIF) investments and follows the renovation of St. Paul Street and the transformation of City Hall Park.
The Downtown TIF investment, approved by voters in March 2012, has been the primary funding source for these developments.
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Construction has commenced near the South Winooski Street and Main Street intersection and will continue until the end of the year.
The initial phase involves excavation work to install a new sewer bypass.
This sewer will divert the 150-year-old ravine sewer, temporarily closing Main Street between South Winooski and South Union.
Starting as soon as 19 February 2024, the contractor will begin work at the Maple and Church intersection to construct the new bypass sewer pipe.
DPW Commission chair Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco said: “The Main Street project includes aspects of Burlington’s newly adopted Nature-Based Climate Solutions Plan, Walk Bike Plan, and our Net Zero Energy roadmap.”
The future phases of the Great Streets initiative will see a further $50m revitalisation of St. Paul and Pine Streets and an upgrade of eight blocks on Cherry and Bank Streets.
This will be funded through a combination of Waterfront TIF funds, congressional funds secured by the state’s senator Patrick Leahy, and a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant.