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Burlington Greenway: Phase 2 Bike Path Rehabilition

Bikers and Walkers on Burlington Greenway Bike Path

Welcome to the page for updates about the Burlington Greenway: Bike Rehabilitation Project, Phase 2.

Below are posting and photos of the project progress. It will be update frequently. If you’d like to receive these updates via email, sign up for the Bike Path email list:

Additional information and supporting documents can be found on our new FAQ’s PAGE that we’ve begun to assemble in order to address questions we’ve received. If you have any specific questions or concerns that aren’t answered there, please send us an email.

6/16 Update: Q&A About The Upcoming Construction

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What’s up with construction?
The project/contractor’s proposal was approved by Board of Finance and City Council on June 5, and since then BPRW and our consulting engineers have been busy negotiating the sequencing and detour plan that best fits the needs of path users and local stakeholders, while accommodating our contractors schedule for efficient and cost effective construction. We have also been working to meet the  ecological requirements for thorough investigation of plant species in the northern portion of the project. At this time we have a finalized schedule and are pleased with our contractor’s response and eager to get them started on the project.
Where and when will construction start?
Construction begins in the northern portion of the project and extends to the City of Burlington limits at the bridge over the Winooski River.
The section from Shore Road to North Avenue Extension will (tentatively) close at 7 AM on Wednesday, June 21 until late September, 2017
Is there a detour?
Yes, North Avenue will be used for the detour for Phase 2. The detour will utilize Shore Road at the south end of this section and North Avenue Extension at the north end to access north Ave. BPRW collaborated with Local Motion and the Department of Public Works to minimize the impacts and maximize the safety for the path users. See the map for details.
This will be a big hassle, is it worth it?
Yes. We apologize that the detour will be a bit of an inconvenience. But it’s only temporary! The response from this spring to the opening of the new section through the Urban Reserve to North Beach Campground has been overwhelmingly and enthusiastically positive. It’s been gratifying for BPRW staff to watch people discover, appreciate and use its many new spaces. We do apologize in advance for any inconvenience, request your patience and understanding, and assure you: We’re building a better Greenway, Burlington.
What’s next?
Immediate impacts you’ll notice are that Leddy Park will have some equipment in the parking lot, but for this Northern section, most of the staging will be at Starr Farm. We will continue to send frequent updates on the project as it progresses!

6/8 Update: Contractor Vehicles On The Path

BPRW is gearing up for the Burlington Greenway Rehabilitation Phase 2 construction, impacting the lakeshore path from North Beach to the end of the Burlington section of the path at the Winooski River. While section closures and heavy construction is still a week or so away, please be advised that our contractor is currently surveying throughout the project area and will be driving small trucks and/or utility carts. These vehicles are equipped with amber flashing lights and will likely be all/mostly pulled off the path surface where room allows. Please exercise caution when traveling through this area and stay alert for contractor vehicles on/near the path.

We’re building you a better Greenway, Burlington…thanks for your patience! We will update with detour maps and project sequencing as soon as the information is available. Stay tuned!

6/5 Update: Construction Staging Begins

Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront continues their ongoing rehabilitation of the bike path beginning the week of June 5 and ending for the season in December of 2017. The Burlington Greenway Phase 2 Construction project area runs from North Beach Campground to the Winooski River Bridge, will be completed in 2-3 distinct segments, and involve path closures of approximately 2 miles with corresponding detours to North Avenue. Staging and equipment/material access to the path will primarily be located at Leddy Arena parking lot, and will involve the use of Leddy Park Road in both directions by our contractor.

Please be cautious as you travel to and through Leddy Park and along Phase 2 project area and obey all signs and follow detours carefully. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we build a better bike path and apologize in advance for any inconvenience. Please direct all questions or concerns to BPRW: 802.864.0123

4/10 Update: Soil Sampling

As work continues on the Burlington Greenway Rehabilitation Project, the City is preparing to collect soil samples between North Beach Campground and the intersection with North Avenue Extension (just south of the Winooski River bridge). Work will be happening between Tuesday, April 11th and Friday April 14th. The path will remain open to the public for use during this time, though crews may narrow the travel-way to a single lane at times using orange traffic cones. Please be aware of this work and use extra caution in these areas while you enjoy the Burlington Greenway this week!

4/4 Update: Early Tree Work Begins

Beginning Wednesday morning, April 5, BPRW will take a small, ecologically sensitive step towards our goal of reconstructing the northern section of the Burlington Greenway from north of the North Beach underpass to the mouth of the Winooski River. Under the guidance of a VHB Environmental Scientist with expertise in avian and bat ecology we will be removing 14 potential (bat) roosting trees ahead of the beginning of the roosting season for the Northern Long-eared Bat. These trees have been identified as potential roosting trees based on physical characteristics such as size and bark texture. BPRW worked diligently with our engineers to reduce the number of trees to be removed (from 23 to 14). Removing them ahead of April 15 allows the bats to select alternate trees that will not be subject to construction impacts during their key maternity roosting  period.

In our ongoing efforts to create a greener Greenway and always leave more than we have taken, Phase 2 (not including pause places) will see the planting of 21 hardwood trees including maples, oaks and birches, 500+ woody shrubs and over 1300 perennials. Additionally, 6.5 acres of new grass berms and 1/3 acre of new green storm water treatment basins will reduce erosion, and reduce and filter the storm water runoff that reaches Lake Champlain. With the construction of several pause places at a later date, much more planting of trees, shrubs and perennials will be incorporated.

The rehabilitation of the northern portion of the Burlington Greenway will necessitate full closures with detours. BPRW works hard to minimize construction impacts, however, full closures will allow our contractor to efficiently complete work of the highest quality. Stay tuned for construction schedule and detailed detour information. Thanks for understanding the big picture!

3/23 Update: Preliminary Design Phase

This summer Phase 2 of the Bike Path rehabilitation will begin. Construction is planned to run from North Beach to the Winooski River Bridge. Designs will also include new pause places and intersections, storm water treatment, connectivity and vegetation management. Construction of the Pause Places will happen at later dates.  The City’s design team recently presented 75% drawings for the path itself (pause place designs will remain conceptual for now), and will oversee the bidding process in April, with construction slated to begin shortly thereafter.