RUTLAND—An initiative of the Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RRA) and the City of Rutland to improve appearance 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 movements and will also serve as traffic calming features along this busy corridor. The project will also focus on the west side of Strongs Avenue with new parking spaces and sidewalks and a substantial green strip featuring trees and other attractive planting.
Rutland City Mayor Dave Allaire stated, “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 Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, a donation from Rutland Blooms, and funds allocated by the RRA.