Town weighs upgrades to Killington RoadBy Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | June 14,2013KILLINGTON — Improvements to mass transit and better year-round property maintenance were two of the ideas generated during a public forum on the future of Killington Road.
Earlier this year, the town received a $15,000 planning grant from the state Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.
“This is a discussion about what’s appropriate for the future of Killington Road for the next 25 years,” Town Planner Richard Horner said to the two-dozen or so members of the public attending Wednesday night’s meeting of the Planning Commission.
The town has retained the services of LandWorks, a landscape architecture company from Middlebury, to develop a plan.
David Raphael, principal and landscape architect for LandWorks, led a brainstorming session, asking the public to think about what works and doesn’t work on Killington Road.
“The most important thing is for Killington Road to succeed as both a corridor and as a destination,” Raphael said, referring to the importance of having a road that both connects Route 4 to Killington Resort and also promotes the vitality of the shops and restaurants along the way.
Raphael had the audience break up into three groups, which considered questions of what works well on Killington Road, what doesn’t work well, what town can do and also what the private land and business owners can do to make things better.
The brainstorming session consumed the better part of an hour, with residents batting ideas back and forth and commiserating over heavy weekend traffic. But in the end, the ideas generated by the different groups were stunningly similar.
“It’s amazing, the synchronicity between groups one, two and three,” Raphael said.
There was a general agreement that there should be designated stops for the buses transporting guests and workers up and down Killington Road. Currently, the bus picks up and drops off wherever people request it
Raphael noted his time in Park City, Utah, during the 2002 Winter Olympics, when people huddled by the side of the road as they waited for buses, and suggested that construction of bus shelters along Killington Road might increase ridership.
Another common issue was the appearance of business signs up and down the road.
“There was discussion of a need for a consistent look from beginning to end,” Raphael said.
Horner noted the importance of businesses maintaining their properties — such as keeping the grass cut — during the summer months when many Killington Road shops are shuttered for the season.
“Sometimes it looks like you’re not only closed, but abandoned,” Horner said.
LandWorks will take the public comments and use them as it drafts a plan to present to the town Planning Commission, which — per the terms of the grant — has until June 2014 to put a plan in place.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan is first European to navigate passage that bears his name from the Atlantic to the Pacific sea; in 1582, Will Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway secure their marriage license with 40 pound bond.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1778, Capt. James Cook is first European to set eyes on Maui in Hawaiian Islands; 1922, Pharoah Tutankhamun found after 3000 years; 1909, Hollawood movie star Frances Dee born in Los Angeles.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Hazmat unit called downtown, Boys & Girls Club hosts dinner for members and families, Secret Santa back on the beat, city discusses runoff problem on Mayfield Road, Brandon gets creative about fixes to town roads, sidewalks.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1944, U.S. begins B-29 bombing raids on Japanese main islands; in 1950, Great Appalachian Storm begins to form; 1963, Lee Oswald killed by Jack Ruby; 1974, D.B. Cooper hijacks Seattle-bound airliner; 1974, 'Lucy' found.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, striking Colo. miners attacked with machine guns by state police; 1877, Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph, 1959, Alan Freed fired by WABC 770 AM for accepting payola to promote records.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers short speech in Gettysburg, Pa.; in 1984, a Pemex LNG facility destroyed by series of gas explosions, 600 people are killed; in 1998, Senate builds fire under Bill Clinton.