Pedestrian Safety in Waitsfield

Last updated: 10/7/21

The Town of Waitsfield prioritizes the need to provide safe corridors for pedestrian transportation throughout town, including along the Route 100 corridor.  In light of recent tragic events there has been a renewed call to continue improving safety features along this important travel route through town, especially in the vicinity of Waitsfield Village and Irasville.  In response, the Town of Waitsfield and the Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) have been working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to address immediate actions that can be taken at critical crossing points along Route 100 and to map out a process for longer term planning and coordination along this corridor.  Route 100 is a state highway that is owned and managed by VTrans.  As such, any improvements along Route 100 require approval by and coordination with VTrans. A team composed of Waitsfield and MRVPD staff have been assigned to work directly with VTrans to map these critical areas and develop a plan for additional safety solutions.  Through this work over the past months, VTrans has identified their typical approach to dealing with pedestrian visibility issues at crosswalks.  VTrans typically recommends a phased approach, using the following treatments in this order:

  1. Begin with an in-street sign at the crosswalk
  2. Next, the Town can submit a work order to VTrans to install a “gate post sign” at a crosswalk (“gatepost signs” are double faced signs that get placed on each side of a crosswalk)
  3. Gatepost signs can be striped with high visibility tape if additional safety measures are needed
  4. RRFBs are typically considered after these other treatments have been applied.

The following plan has been identified by the Tiger Team and is in progress:

  1. VTrans approved the “In-Road Signage Pilot Program,” with support from MRVPD and Local Motion, in-street signs were lent to the Town for a one-month trial program at high trafficked Route 100 crosswalks.  This program was paired with a community feedback form (with support from MRPVD) to evaluate pedestrian feedback at these crosswalk locations. A final report summarizing the results of this program can be found here.
  2. A work order has been submitted to VTrans for a gatepost sign at Carroll Road
  3. VTrans will work to prioritize painting the Route 100 crosswalks as a result of the successful collaboration between these two groups
  4. VTrans is planning a speed study of the Route 100 corridor through the Village this summer which will help inform future planning
  5. VTrans is open to continue discussing the best location for an RRFB at a crosswalk in town but does not have guidance at this time as to which location is best suited for this treatment. Town and MRVPD will review the results of the preliminary community survey and determine if another public safety survey combined with some simple data collection (counts of users at crosswalks during peak summer use) can help inform this decision.
  6. The group will check-in again in October 2021 to evaluate which treatments may or may not be working and continue to plan next steps at the identified locations in town.

Additionally, a significant number of pedestrian safety improvements will be implemented with the construction of the Village West Sidewalk. The project was completed in the summer of 2021 and adds a number of previously identified safety elements (bump-outs, additional crosswalks, signage, and better-defined crossings) to the Waitsfield Village portion of the Main Street/Route 100 corridor. 

Town staff are available to help answer any questions or address any concerns that the public might have related to pedestrian safety in town or the strategies identified above.  Please contact us at any time with questions, concerns, or to receive updates about this project at:

Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, Town Administrator at 802-496-2218 ext. 5 or via email at  [email protected]

In-Road Signage Demonstration Project

Have you noticed the three new in-road signs at crosswalks along Main Street? These are part of an In-Road Signage Demonstration project, completed in partnership with the Town of Waitsfield and the Mad River Valley Planning District (MRVPD) and with support from Local Motion. This project is part of the larger Pedestrian Safety effort being undertaken by the Town of Waitsfield, MRVPD, and the Vermont Transportation Department (VTrans).

We want your feedback! Please take this quick survey to let us know your thoughts on the new In-Road Signs. They will be in place for the next month and the Town and MRVPD are eager to hear what you think!

More information on the overall pedestrian safety efforts can be found here. More information on the In-Road Signage Demonstration Project can be found here.

If you have additional questions or comments, please contact Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, Town Administrator, at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.

General Wait House Committee – MEMBERS NEEDED

The Waitsfield Selectboard is looking for members for a new seven-member committee tasked with reviewing, researching, and recommending future options for the General Wait House.  Potential options that may be considered include restoration, expansion (of uses), and an alternate management and/or use structure.  A full scope of work is available here

Please submit a letter of interest to the Waitsfield Selectboard by e-mail to [email protected] or by mail to 4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673. For more information, contact Town Administrator Annie Decker-Dell’Isola at 496-2218 ext. 5.


Starting on JUNE 1, 2021, the Town Office is open as per the Town’s “Phase I Reopening Plan.” 

Please note that the following guidelines are still in place:

  • NO MORE THAN 3 “DROP IN” VISITORS MAY BE IN THE OFFICES AT ONE TIME. If the door is locked, or staff is standing outside, this indicates capacity has been reached.  Please be patient while waiting for space to open up.
  • RESEARCHERS LOOKING TO ACCESS THE LAND RECORDS VAULT ARE STILL REQUIRED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.  Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 10am-3pm in 30-minute blocks.  Appointments can be made by phone (802-496-2218 ext. 2 or 3), in-person, or by email.

The Selectboard will evaluate the Phase I reopening plan on July 12, 2021

The complete Phase I Reopening Plan can be found here

HIRING – Planning & Zoning Administrator (Full Time)

The Town of Waitsfield is looking for an organized, collaborative, and diplomatic candidate to serve as its Planning and Zoning Administrator. The 40-hour per week position offers competitive pay and benefits, a flexible schedule, and a chance to work in one of Vermont’s most vibrant and beautiful communities.

The Planning and Zoning Administrator is responsible for: compliance with all applicable zoning and subdivision regulations, facilitation of and support for long-range land use planning, supporting the Planning Commission and Development Review Board, and serving as the Town’s E-911 coordinator.

A bachelor’s degree in land use planning, public administration, engineering, legal studies, or similarly applicable discipline is required, a master’s degree is preferred. Prior experience in local government is also preferred.


Questions can be directed to Town Administrator, Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, at [email protected] or (802) 496-2218 ext. 5.  To apply please submit a cover letter and resume including three professional references via email to [email protected] or mailed to the Town Administrator at 4144 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

Applications are due by Monday, June 7th at 5:00pm (EST).

Invitation to Bid – For Hauling of Winter Sand

The Town of Waitsfield is accepting bids for a two-year contract for the hauling of ¾” sand from Varin’s pit in Bolton to the Town garage in Waitsfield. This is for hauling of sand only.

Specifications include but may not be limited to:
• Year one (FY22) is for 2,500 yards;
• Year two (FY23) is for 4,000 yards, though that amount may be reduced in response to a mild winter and/or low usage;
• The contract needs to be completed no later than Wednesday, September 1, 2021;
• Failure to complete the contract by the deadline shall result in penalties;
• Payment will happen in two segments, no earlier than July 1 of each year of the contract – one-half when hauling begins and one-half following completion;
• Contractor shall include a total bid price and the price per yard for hauling from Bolton to Waitsfield;
• Contractor shall provide a Certificate of Liability Insurance to the Town; and
• Contractor shall have the capability of covering loads.

Bids shall be submitted by paper no later than 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021. Bids shall be marked, “2021 Sand Hauling Bid; ATTN: Rodney Jones, Road Foreman.”

Bids may be mailed to, or left in the dropboxes at:

Waitsfield Town Office
4144 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673

The anticipated date of award is April 26, 2021. The Town reserves the right to accept, reject, or seek modification to any and all bids. For more information, contact the Road Foreman at (802) 496-8897, or [email protected]

Mud Season FAQs

Each spring, with the advent of mud season, the Town publishes the following set of, “frequently asked questions.”

“The water for which we may have to look
In summertime with a witching wand,
In every wheelrut’s now a brook,
In every print of a hoof a pond.”

– from Robert Frost’s, “Two Tramps in Mud Time”

What is mud season?
Vermont’s unofficial “fifth season,” mud season occurs during the transition from winter to
spring, when the many miles of dirt roads in Vermont become muddy, rutted, and occasionally
impassable. In Waitsfield, nearly two-thirds of the road miles are unpaved.

Why does mud season happen?
Excess water produced by melting snow and ice does not have anywhere to go (the ground may
still be frozen, for example, preventing absorption). With nowhere to go, that excess water mixes
with the road materials to make mud.

What, if anything, can be done about mud season?
Unfortunately, not much. Adding more material to roads would simply make more mud.
Improvements to subsurface materials and drainage infrastructure can help by preventing water
from reaching the road surface, but can be costly to install and would not eliminate mud.
The Road Department works hard to keep roads passable for emergency vehicles and other
traffic. Please be patient, plan ahead, and exercise caution. The Town will do what it can to keep
roads open, but may not be able to in all cases. For better or worse, mud season is a part of life in
Vermont – thankfully this unofficial fifth season is also the shortest.

If I have a question or concern, whom should I contact?
To report an issue, please contact Road Foreman Rodney Jones at (802) 496-8897, or email
[email protected] (through April 9th).

Waitsfield Town Administrator Opening

The Town of Waitsfield is seeking a highly-motivated, organized, and engaging individual for the position of Town Administrator. The Town Administrator assists the five-member Selectboard with developing and administering the Town’s operating budget, supervising six employees, and overseeing all other aspects of municipal operations, personnel, finances, and public works.

Waitsfield (pop. 1,719) is a vibrant community located in the heart of the Mad River Valley, surrounded by spectacular natural beauty and host to a wide variety of year-round outdoor amenities and activities.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business management, or a relevant field (Master’s degree preferred); excellent written and interpersonal communication skills; a working knowledge of municipal finance and budgeting; and good computer skills. Three years of experience in municipal government or equivalent experience in business administration is desired.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications; the Town also offers a competitive benefits package. A full job description is available by clicking here.

Please apply in confidence with a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references via email to [email protected] with “Waitsfield Administrator” as the subject.

The job is open until filled. Applications may be reviewed as they are received.