Governor Peter Shumlin: Circ Highway Alternative Plan
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Gov. Peter Shumlin today released a task force report outlining 34 alternative projects to ease traffic congestion in the ‘Circ’ region that provide maximum economic benefit with minimum environmental damage. Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), in collaboration with the Agency of Transportation, convened the CIRC Alternatives Task Force, consisting of 23 representatives of the Towns of Colchester, Essex, Williston, the Village of Essex Junction, state agencies, CCTA, the bicycle and pedestrian community, environmental groups, and the business community. The Task Force’s charge was to identify a list of immediate, mid- and long-term recommendations for projects and planning activities to address the transportation needs in the region.
The Task Force met 13 times between July 2011 and November 2013. An extensive planning process was undertaken to identify transportation system issues in the CIRC Alternatives Study Area.
The Task Force arrived at consensus on 34 projects with an estimated total implementation cost of $99 million. The Phase I and II implementation projects were approved for inclusion in the VTrans Capital Program by the Legislature in the 2012 and 2013 sessions. http://www.ccrpcvt.org/transportation/corridors/circ-alternatives-task-force/
For recordings of meetings and events relative to the Circ Highway discussion dating back to 1988, type into Channel 17's search box 'Circ Highway'