Vermont Business Magazine An initiative of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RRA) and the City of Rutland to improve aesthetics and safety along one of the key gateways into downtown is ready to commence. The Gateway Improvement Project construction contract has been awarded to Parker Excavation, of New Haven, VT. Work is set to begin in mid-June and is expected to be completed by the end of August.
The project will create four enhanced pedestrian crossings with “bulb out” features along Strongs Avenue and Merchants Row. These improved crossings will allow for safer pedestrian circulation and will also serve as traffic calming features along this heavily utilized corridor. The project will also focus on the western side of Strongs Avenue which will be improved with new designated parking and sidewalks to better serve local businesses and a substantial green strip featuring trees and other attractive planting which will help screen and buffer existing industrial buildings.
Rutland City Mayor Dave Allaire said in a statement, “We are very pleased to see this important project get underway. The Strongs Avenue entrance into our beautiful downtown makes a critical first impression and the new look and enhanced pedestrian circulation will be a huge improvement for visitor and local residents.”
Funding for the project has been a collaborative mix committed by the City’s Department of Public Works, a Downtown Transportation Fund Grant via the VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, a donation from Rutland Blooms, and funds allocated by the RRA.
Rutland Blooms, a city beautification project started by Green Mountain Power, will contribute $27,000 for the project’s landscaping.
“Through collaboration with partners including Castleton University, Casella’s, Vermont Country Store and others, we’re thrilled that Rutland Blooms can help improve this key downtown gateway,” said GMP Vice President Steve Costello, who founded Rutland Blooms. “These projects add to the beauty of the city, and demonstrate a growing pride in Rutland.”
The RRA’s Executive Director, Brennan Duffy, has served as project manager and expressed his enthusiasm in seeing the Gateway Improvement Project proceed to construction.
“With the planning and design phases completed, and all of our funding in place, we are ready to go," Duffy said. "Rutland City has a wonderful, vibrant, downtown and improving the look and feel of this important entrance point is going to have a very positive impact.”
Source: Rutland Redevelopment Authority 4.20.2017