The 11,000 drivers who pass through Lime Kiln Road in South Burlington will notice a change next week when the city begins testing out a crosswalk near the Winooski Gorge Park.
Public Works Director Justin Rabidoux says it’s the first of many demonstration projects as the city tries to improve pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure.
The two-week test will cost $100, compared to the $10,000 – $12,000 it will cost to build a permanent crosswalk.
The area is surrounded by several apartment complexes, some of them are for seniors.
“They feel like they’re on a bit of an island both geographically as well as from a service standpoint. So we’re hoping to have this installation, show some higher level of service for these folks and at the end of the day, just increase mobility options for all of our residents,” said Rabidoux.
There will be feedback opportunities in person at the site and on the city’s website.
In related news, on primary day South Burlington voters will decide whether to approve the “Penny for Paths” ballot item.
It would add a cent to property tax rates to connect the gaps in recreation paths throughout the city.