New round of “Strong Communities, Better Connections” Grants – due 1/15/2016
Another round of the “Strong Communities, Better Connections” grants were announced on 10/16. These grants are aimed at supporting vibrant community centers and increasing town and regional transportation options. Last year three towns were awarded funding for assorting biking and walking planning efforts. For more information see http://vtransplanning.vermont.gov/programs/scbc.
New Green Infrastructure Toolkit
Green infrastructure is a wide variety of methods for improving stormwater flow through the land, on a wide variety of scales. For more information, including a new Vermont green infrastructure toolkit for towns, see SWCRPC’s water resource planning webpage.
SWCRPC and Partners Awarded $50,000 from High Meadows Fund
The High Meadows Fund awarded $50,000 to prioritize and begin implementing bank stabilization and floodplain projects recommended by a recent stream assessment of the Mill Brook watershed. The purpose of this High Meadows Fund grant is to build resilience in Vermont watersheds. This project will also involve setting up workshops at the teacher-training institute located in the American Precision Museum and utilizing a stream table to demonstrate stream dynamics at local events and civic meetings. The project involves a partnership between the SWCRPC, Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District, American Precision Museum, other partners, and the towns of Reading, West Windsor and Windsor.
Construction Season is Back! Transportation Projects Scheduled for 2015
As spring and summer finally arrive, so do the transportation construction projects. Below is a list of projects due to occur this year. Last modified May 12, 2015. For more information about any projects contact Katharine Otto.
|Town||Project Type||Location Info||Notes|
|Andover||State Highway Bridge||Bridge 41 on VT-11 just east of Hill Top Rd||Accelerated Bridge Construction. 10 day closure completed 7/27/2015. More info click here|
|Springfield||Park & Ride Lot||VT-11 just west of I-91 exit 7||Reconstruction started May 2015. Due to re-open by September. More info click here|
|Chester||Class 1 Town Hwy Paving||Class 1 town highways (Main St and Depot St)||Construction late summer/ fall 2015. More info click here|
|Windsor||Class 1 Town Hwy Paving||Class 1 town highways (Main St, Ascutney St and Union St)||Construction delayed until 2016. More info click here|
|Springfield||Class 1 Town Hwy Paving||Class 1 town highways (Main St and Chester Road)||Construction delayed until 2016. More info click here|
|Hartford (WRJ)||State Highway Bridge||I-91 bridge over US-5 near McDs and VA||Includes closure of I-91 for 2 weekends in Aug/Sept 2015. Also affects some travel on US-5. For more details click here|
|Springfield and Charlestown||State Highway Bridge||Charlestown-Springfield Bridge (Cheshire Toll Bridges)||Construction will reduce traffic to one lane in either direction for approx 8 weeks and also include a 5 day complete closure to traffic. Construction delayed to 2016 (April – June).|
East Central Vermont: What We Want plan is chosen as the VPA Plan of the Year!
The Vermont Planning Association has awarded both the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and the SWCRPC with their Plan of the Year Award for the two RPC’s work on developing the “East Central Vermont: What We Want” Plan. The Plan explicitly acknowledges regional challenges, and aims to create a more sustainable 40-town region. The plan covers the 40-town combined region, and it represents a consortium of dozens of organizations, towns, agencies, and citizens that worked on developing it. Congratulations to all those who participated in this effort over many years! You can access the full plan and/or individual plan sections here. Please contact Dan Potter with any questions.
How much of the Connecticut River Byway have you traveled?
November 18, 2014
Have you visited the Cady Mausoleum in Brownsville or the Crown Point Military Road in Weathersfield and Springfield? These are just two of 100 historic sites profiled in a new travel guide of the Connecticut River Byway, a project led by SWCRPC. The Byway runs on major roads on both the Vermont and New Hampshire sides of the Connecticut River, and the travel guide covers over 500 miles of roadway between the Massachusetts and Quebec borders. It’s an interesting guide with car, bicycle and kayak routes, as well as information about historic sites along the way. The brochure was printed in November and has started to be delivered to a wide variety of locations along the Byway – including visitor centers, Chambers and historical societies. The Byway website (www.ctriverbyway.org) is due to have the travel guide uploaded with an interactive map in the next few months. Contact Katharine if you’d like a copy or more information about the project.