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Pearl Street Corridor - St. Paul to Battery

Pearl Street is undergoing slow and steady change. The Pearl Street Corridor Study is engaging Burlingtonians to identify the priorities that should guide future changes to the corridor. This study is also connecting various efforts that affect Pearl Street between St. Paul Street and Battery Street:

  • Streetscape improvements were completed between Winooski Avenue and St. Paul Street, including widened sidewalks, street trees, additional parking, bike lanes, and shortened crosswalks. These improvements terminate abruptly at St. Paul Street.
  • In 2016 Pearl Street will see increased transit service with completion of the Downtown Transit Center. Future improvements to the corridor must be mindful of the increase in bus traffic along Pearl Street. 
  • Pearl Street is relatively flat and connects with other bicycle routes, making it a desired route for people on bicycles.
  • planBTV Downtown & Waterfront envisions infill and redevelopment of Pearl Street, increasing connectivity between our downtown and the waterfont, increasing housing opportunities, and increasing economic activity. This corridor must balance the needs of residents, businesses, and travelers through and to Pearl Street.  
  • Corridor improvements must consider Complete Streets principles: how can all modes of transportation be accommodated in the best way possible?

Through this study we hope to identify small improvements that will have big, positive impacts and also identify not-so-small improvements that should be included in future redevelopment of the corridor. Guiding questions to consider...
How can Pearl Street be improved to benefit its residents, businesses, and travelers?
Could small improvements have a big impact for residents? Businesses? Travelers? 
On Pearl Street, what is most important to you?

View the materials from the February 11, 2015 public meeting:

Contact us about this project (please select the "Transportation" category)

Preferred Concepts
The final details are being fine-tuned, but a preferred concept has been developed to respond to community feedback. This concept combines components of Concepts B1 and C1 from the February 11, 2015 public meeting. 

The concept was discussed at the Public Works Commission meeting on June 18, 2015.