Long-Stalled Vermont Highway Design Chosen

Tue December 29, 2009 - Northeast Edition

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The long-stalled Chittenden County Circumferential Highway may move ahead as a divided boulevard, rather than as a limited-access highway.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation said on Dec. 15 that it has selected that design, which an environmental group says is an improvement over the original design for the project that has been in the planning stages since the 1970s

Sandra Levine of the Conservation Law Foundation said her group and other environmentalists preferred managing traffic in the Williston-Essex area by adding a series of roundabouts to existing roads

The state instead is sticking largely with its original proposed road though Williston and Essex. But if it clears the remaining regulatory hurdles, it will be a boulevard, rather than an interstate-style highway.