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Brattleboro Skatepark Site Selection Committee Applications Due Nov. 14

The Town of Brattleboro is looking for citizens to serve on the newly formed Skatepark Site Selection Committee. The Committee was formed by the Selectboard on November 5, 2013, and will consist of seven interested citizens. The Recreation & Parks Director will serve as lead staff member to support the Committee and also engage staff from other Town departments as needed.

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Washington Street Closed for Three Weeks

Washington Street will be closed to through traffic from Highland Street to Prospect Street for three weeks starting Monday, October 28, 2013. Renaud Bros. will be working with the Department of Public Works to replace the failed retaining wall. Motorists should plan to use alternate routes.

If there are questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Public Works at 254-4255.

-Department of Public Works

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Upcoming Windham Regional Plan Public Forums: We’ve Got Questions

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is approximately halfway through the two-year update process for the 2014 Windham Regional Plan. The Plan reflects shared values and concerns of the people who live in the 27-towns and discusses current and future issues facing the Region. The Windham Region consists of the 23 towns of Windham County, Readsboro, Searsburg and Winhall in Bennington County, and Weston in Windsor County. The Windham Regional Plan is updated on an eight year cycle during which the information and statistics presented in the Plan, the Plan text which describes both historical and developing trends and values, and the resulting Plan policies will be reviewed and updated based on current information and conditions.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of October 20, 2013

I-91

Single lane closure of the passing lanes on I-91 Northbound and Southbound will continue for the week of October 20. The lanes will remain closed over the weekend.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through August 2016. Truck activity on Route 30 will continue for the week of October 20. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently. Flaggers will regulate traffic flow.

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Smart Zone Tools Will Provide Public with Real Time Information re Travel Conditions for 1-91 Bridge Replacement in Brattleboro

MONTPELIER, Vt.—October 14, 2013--

The PCL+FIGG Team that is working under contract to the Vermont Agency of Transportation to reconstruct I-91 bridges in Brattleboro is using a full array of “Smart Zone” tools, including Portable Changeable Message Signs (PCMS), Wavetronics radar traffic sensors, and video cameras that will broadcast live data to a public website devoted to the project. The site’s traffic sensors will continuously monitor traffic volumes in the work zone. This information will be used to automatically post messages on project signs regarding potential delays and expected travel times.

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Interstate Lanes Associated with I-91 Bridge Reconstruction to be Reopened for Columbus Day Weekend

MONTPELIER, Vt.—October 11, 2013--The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will remove the temporary lane closures on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro over Columbus Day weekend to accommodate holiday traffic. The temporary closures are associated with construction to replace the interstate bridges between exits 2 and 3.

The northbound passing lane that is currently closed will be opened for the weekend starting at approximately 1:00 PM Friday, and the southbound passing lane will be opened at approximately 5:00 PM Friday. The northbound lane closures will go back in effect on Monday morning and the southbound lane closures will be re-established Tuesday morning.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of October 13, 2013

I-91

Single lane closure of the passing lanes on I-91 Northbound and Southbound will continue for the week of October 13. The lanes will remain closed over the weekend.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through August 2016. Truck activity on Route 30 will continue for the week of October 13. On Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17, Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane. Flaggers will regulate traffic flow.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of October 6, 2013

I-91

Single lane closure of the passing lanes on I-91 Northbound and Southbound will continue thru the week of October 6.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through August 2016. Truck activity on Route 30 will continue for the week of October 6. On Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8, Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane. Flaggers will regulate traffic flow.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of September 30, 2013

I-91

Single lane closure of the passing lanes on I-91 Northbound and Southbound will be in effect next week during the construction of the temporary cross-overs. The lanes will be opened over the weekend when no workers are present.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through August 2016. Truck activity on Route 30 will increase next week and shoulders will be closed. Flaggers will regulate traffic flow to allow truck and equipment access to the work zone. Traffic will be stopped for a maximum of ten minutes.

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Plans Move Forward for Replacement of Melrose Terrace Senior Housing

[BRATTLEBORO, VT]: The Brattleboro Housing Authority (BHA), at a meeting today with officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and representatives of Vermont’s Congressional delegation, described substantial progress in creating new affordable apartments to replace the senior public housing at Melrose Terrace damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

“With the help of Housing Vermont, our development partner, we’re well into the predevelopment phase,” said BHA Executive Director Chris Hart.

Housing Vermont secured an option on the 2.8-acre site at 464 Canal Street in July.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - 8-Week Look-Ahead

Route 30

After September 30th, the project team may need to regulate traffic flow on Route 30 periodically to allow truck or equipment access to our work zone. These operations will be controlled by flaggers and will be for a maximum of 10 minutes.

During the week of October 7th, one lane of Route 30 will be closed during the day for approximately two days. Flaggers will regulate vehicle movement through the work zone.

Looking further out, we are currently anticipating short duration closures of Route 30 due to overhead demolition activities in late November or early December. As we progress in our sequence we will let stakeholders know the dates and duration of these closures.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update - Week of September 22, 2013

I-91

Single lane closure of the passing lane on I-91 Northbound and Southbound may begin on 9/26/13. The lane closures will remain in effect during the construction of the temporary cross-overs, but will be removed over the weekend when no workers are present.

Route 30

Speed reduction on Route 30 will be implemented lowering the speed limit through the work zone to 40 mph. The reduced speed limit will remain in effect until approximately August, 2016.

Truck activity at Route 30 will be increasing next week. Expect shoulder closures beginning Thursday 9/26. Flaggers may have to halt traffic at times to allow trucks to enter and exit the work zone.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update

We're going to begin publishing the I-91 Bridge Replacement Project updates here each week. They come from Cindy Cooke, who is acting as Public Relations Officer for the project.

Week of September 15, 2013

I-91 - On Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th , there will short duration lane closures on I-91 Northbound and I-91 Southbound while work zone signs are installed.

Route 30 - No impacts anticipated for the week of September 15.

Upper Dummerston Road - No impacts anticipated for the week of September 15.

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Community Meeting on Revitalizing Brattleboro's Downtown

The public is invited to take part in a town hall meeting on revitalizing Brattleboro’s downtown. The meeting will take place on Monday, September 9th at 5 p.m. at the Latchis Theater.

Because of the hardships downtown Brattleboro suffered as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, the State of Vermont has chosen Brattleboro, along with six other towns, to receive consulting assistance through a federal Disaster Relief Grant. As the designated downtown organization, Building a Better Brattleboro has been asked to help implement the project.

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Harmony Lot Tunnel Will Be Closing

The Town of Brattleboro has been notified by representatives of Bread Loaf Construction, working on behalf of Mesabi Inc, that the Harmony Lot underpass will be closed to public access on August 6, 2013 at 6:00am. The closing is necessary to maintain public safety during the yearlong redevelopment of the Brooks House. It is anticipated that the underpass will be closed for the duration of the project.

Jan Anderson
Executive Secretary
Brattleboro Town Manager's Office
(802) 251-8100

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Brattleboro Downtown Sidewalk Project Meeting

Residents and Business Owners:

The Town is planning to install new sidewalks on the east side of Main Street, starting at the Gilbert Memorial Bridge and continuing north to Walnut Street. Some sections of this sidewalk were recently replaced as part of a VTrans project. The Downtown Sidewalk Project will replace the sections that have not yet been upgraded. The project is intended to improve safety for pedestrians and create a more attractive Main Street. Two FHWA Enhancement grants and a local match in the form of a bond fund this project.

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Brattleboro Conservation Commission Hike

The Conservation Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Eaton Avenue for a hike of Hogle Wildlife Sanctuary Trail.

Directions to the site are included in the attached agenda.

Julia Perks
Planning Services Clerk
230 Main Street, Ste 202
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-251-8107

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Brattleboro Agricultural Advisory Committee To Discuss Prime Agricultural Soils at Solar Farm Location

The Agricultural Advisory Committee will be meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, July 1, 2013 in the Hanna Cosman Room of the Muncipal Center.

The agenda is attached.

Julia Perks
Planning Services Clerk
230 Main Street, Ste 202
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-251-8107

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West Brattleboro Association Seeks Donations For New Signs

The West Brattleboro Association is raising funds to put up two "Welcome to West Brattleboro" signs, one at either end of the village. These will add to the village's sense of pride and make the village even more inviting and attractive to both visitors and locals.

To do it right, this will cost about $3,000 per sign, or $6,000 total. To date the Association has raised around $1,400 toward this goal.

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Upper Living Memorial Park: A Possible Skatepark Site- BCTV Film

A film by Montgomery/Socci produced by Maria Dominguez; Upper Living Memorial Park: A Possible Skatepark Site is now available to watch on BCTV for the first time. It was filmed over 8 months ago based on my hand out  submitted to a site selction process requested by concerned citizens which was denied by the selectboard in March 2011. Please excuse  some of the repetition on points and reasons why we think ULMP  just may be the best skatepark location, this was our first attempt at filming. The Upper Living Memorial Park is under utilized in the summer and we think would be an almost ideal location for an expansive skatepark accommodating many various skate type activities within our public recreation park designated for such use and could tastefully coexist with present alternate season ski slope without too much interference.

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