New road in Rutland Town could alleviate Route 7 trafficBy Courtney Parker
STAFF WRITER | October 21,2013Rutland Town officials are looking into options to locate a new town road near the recently opened Aldi discount supermarket chain store.
The goal of the project — still in its infancy — is to alleviate congestion off Route 7.
“It’s still just a concept at this point.” said Town Road Commissioner Byron Hathaway. But, he added, he sees the benefits of the new road and believes the additional traffic could work to the advantage of side road businesses.
One of the route options discussed was connecting Farrell Road to the Cold River Road traffic light, with an intersection into Randbury Road.
According to Town Administrator Joe Zingale, there are still many steps that would need to be taken before the road could become a reality, including various traffic studies, grant applications and board approval.
Select Board member Don Chioffi said he is in favor of the new road. Chioffi said it is the responsibility of the town to do their part to take pressure and traffic off Route 7. He said he views the Farrell Road extension as a way to provide additional driving routes, as well as attract patrons to local businesses.
“My view is that it is a positive step for the town and town businesses,” he said. “We have a responsibility to provide for those people in our commercial base.”
Chioffi added that in previous discussions, fellow board members have supported similar infrastructure improvements, and this project is no different.
Currently no action has been taken by the board, but several discussions on the road have taken place.
“These things don’t just happen overnight,” Chioffi said. “When it does come to the board, my vote will be for it.”MORE IN This Just InGarret Keizer, a contributing editor at Harperís magazine, had good reason for toiling a year as ... Full StoryMONTPELIER — Health care, economic development and the duties of the office are issues of... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1720, 'Calico Jack' Rackham, Caribbean pirate and early feminist, known for recruiting women to his crew and for fabric decorating skills after creating 'Jolly Roger' flag, is captured by the British Royal Navy.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1307, King Phillip the Fair of France orders hundreds of Knights Templar rounded up and arrested, charged with heresy, tortured until they confess; on this day in 1917, thousands see miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont has a new state Supreme Court Justice; city hospital says it can save plenty by upgrading its lights and trucking in natural gas; Springfield has a new town manager, former West Rutland guy, Tom Yennerall.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Solarfest likely to be on hold until at least 2016, Great Dane involved in theft of an $89,000 shotgun leads police to the thieves, PSB will not reopen VGS pipeline case, prosecutors want evidence in body-packing drug case.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1871, After long summer drought comes simultaneous devastating upper Midwest wildfires; Chicago city center in ruins; in 1967, after brief firefight, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara captured alive in Bolivian jungle camp.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City aldermen discuss future of recreation department facilities, three bears killed in interstate crash, town school principal rewards students' good reading habits, fight at city jail sends a man to hospital.