Last updated: 2/23/21
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 has begun work with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to address immediate actions that can be taken at critical crossing points along Route 100. 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 Town staff and staff from the Mad River Valley Planning District have been assigned to work directly with VTrans to map these critical areas and develop a plan for additional safety solutions. These solutions may include additional crosswalk signage [including the potential for strategic placement of rectangular rapid-flashing beacon signs (RRFBs)], crosswalk striping, and moveable in-street pedestrian crossing signs. The purpose of this effort is to identify immediate actions that can be taken to address pedestrian safety and areas for future improvements. No additional transportation or pedestrian safety studies are proposed at this time.
Additionally, a significant number of pedestrian safety improvements will be implemented with the construction of the Village West Sidewalk. The project is set to begin in Spring 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. Following the completion of sidewalk construction, the Town will ask the Central VT Regional Planning Commission (CVRPC) to assist with what is often referred to as a “speed study” — the black wires placed across roads to measure both the number and speed of passing vehicles. The speed study comes without a cost and is a required element of the consideration of any change in speed limits. The Planning Commission will continue to address pedestrian safety improvements in the Irasville Village area through master planning efforts.
The team working with VTrans will provide updates to all interested parties and stakeholder groups including the Waitsfield Selectboard, Waitsfield Planning Commission, MRVPD Steering Committee, MRV Transportation Advisory Committee, CVRPC, grassroots citizens groups, and any others who reach out with questions or concerns related to pedestrian safety in town.
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:
Trevor Lashua, Town Administrator at 802-496-2218 ext. 5 or via email at [email protected]
Annie Decker-Dell’Isola, Planning & Zoning Administrator at 802-496-2218 ext. 4 or via email at [email protected]