Burlington’s Great Streets Initiative seeks to bring a consistent identity to downtown and create vibrant and accessible public spaces. Main Street serves as an important corridor within that initiative. Acting as a connection between the University of Vermont and the Lake Champlain waterfront, Main Street experiences high amounts of vehicular traffic each day. The Main Street Project aims to improve pedestrian connectivity along the corridor, provide safe bike infrastructure for cyclists, elevate Main Street to its fullest potential through the Great Streets downtown standards.
The Main Street Project process is heavily focused on engagement. In collaboration with Grayscale Collaborative, the team met with a variety of stakeholders, including business owners, immigrant and BIPOC groups, local youth, city officials, and more. The streetscape will ground users in the surrounding ecological and urban fabric as they travel from Lake, to City, to Mountain. This enhanced design for Main Street will connect pedestrians with the lakefront and historic Church Street, provide multi-modal transportation options, and act as a catalyst for economic development along the corridor.
In collaboration with VHB, a careful stormwater approach will cultivate a series of sustainable and thriving green spaces while addressing complex runoff problems. The Main Street Project will provide a cohesive downtown experience as part of the larger Great Streets Initiative, while elevating Main Street to its fullest potential as an active corridor and destination for Burlingtonians.Project Images