Mayor Weinberger Statement in Response to Court Ruling on the Champlain Parkway

Burlington, Vt. – Yesterday, Honorable Judge Geoffrey Crawford of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont filed his decision on motions for summary judgements in favor of the Defendants including the Federal Highway Administration, the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, and the City of Burlington in a suit related to the Champlain Parkway project. Mayor Miro Weinberger issued the following statement:  

“As we have through so many legal and regulatory challenges in the past decade, with the Champlain Parkway and in other housing and infrastructure battles, the City has once again prevailed in our efforts to implement this generational improvement to Burlington’s public infrastructure. After 34 years of misguided designs and delays, with this decision by Federal Judge Geoffrey Crawford the City now has a path to completing and opening the key middle section of the Parkway within a year. The Parkway will create nearly three miles of safer streets, stormwater improvements, and updated utilities -- creating a new gateway into our City for visitors, cyclists, and pedestrians to enjoy along one of our most vibrant arts and business districts while alleviating traffic and congestion in residential areas. Thank you to our project partners, the Federal Highway Administration and the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, who supported right-sizing the project while also committing to future flexibility along the corridor as the needs of the dynamic south end grow and change.”



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