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Department of Public Works

University Place Street Improvements

CURRENT WORK - University Place:

Construction of the proposed concept started at the end of May 2022 and is expected to continue until December of 2022. During the early phases of the work the road will be closed to through traffic while the contractor completes significant roadway reconstruction of the travel ways as well as work on the water and sewer utilities within the street. Work will progress into the fall with new and wider sidewalks, decorative street lighting, and a pedestrian crossing plaza to emphasize the pedestrian nature of this street. Additionally once complete there will be separated buffered bike lanes in each direction along the street, and the street will be one way northbound (from Main to Pearl).


University Place Traffic Regulation Map





The Campus Master Plan reads, “University Place is pre-eminent amongst the priority projects for the historic and iconic nature of the buildings involved, its visual prominence, and location at the heart of the campus.”  University Place is also identified in UVM’s Active Transportation Plan UVMoves as a signature project recommendation, specifically stating “University Place Conversion into a multi-modal street.” Both UVM and the City are interested in improving safety on the street for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other active transportation users.


Phase One – Concept Design (30%)


The first phase will include two (2) 30% conceptual designs and permitting for University Place. Conceptual design will be in accordance with standards adopted by the City of Burlington as well as planning documents adopted by both UVM or the City of Burlington.  This phase of work started in March of 2020 and is scheduled to conclude in December 2020 with an approved concept.



Phase Two – Design and (100%) Construction Documents

The second phase will develop design, engineering and construction documents for University Place. This phase of work will follow Phase One and will take the approved concept and move it through design drawings for bidding in the Fall of 2021.


Phase Three – Construction

The third phase will be for construction of the proposed improvements. Current schedule has this work occuring in 2022.


Public Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement:


Ward 1/8 NPA - September 9, 2020 @ 7:00pm

Transportation Energy and Utility Committee - September 22, 2020 @ 5:30pm

UVM Campus Master Planning Comittee - September 24, 2020 -Stake holder only

Concept Presentation - September 30, 2020 @  5:30pm -Meeting Recording Available Here   

Public Works Commission - October 21, 2020 @ 6:30pm

Transportation Energy and Utility Committee - October 27, 2020 @ 5:30pm

City Council - December 14, 2020 - Presentation Here - Meeting Recording Available on Channel 17

Public Works Commission - December 15, 2021 @ 6:30pm

University Place Undergrounding Review Committee - February 9, 2022 @  5:00 pm- Meeting Recording Available Here


The presentation slides to be shown at the public outreach and stakeholder engagement are available below under the Ward1/8 Presentation; additionally the Ward 1/8 meeting was recorded and can be viewed by clicking this link "Ward 1/8 September 9, 2020 Meeting Video" The presentation given by DPW Staff and our Consultants starts at 1hour 43min into the meeting.



Option 1 - Basic Concept 


Option 2 - Enhanced Concept



Direct all questions regarding this project to Phillip Peterson, Associate Public Works Engineer at ppeterson@burlingtonvt.gov.