Above: Before and after images of what a section of Waterbury’s Main Street makeover would look like.
Plans are underway for a new streetscape in Waterbury Vermont. Main Street will be transformed into a comfortable, interesting, visually pleasing, and usable space for residents, business owners, and visitors. The revitalization stems from the flooding that occurred when Tropical Storm Irene hit the town hard in 2011. Thanks to help from VTrans and Revitalizing Waterbury, the new streetscape, trees, landscaping, lighting, pedestrian furnishings, and fresh paving will fill Main Street with life, light, color, and texture.
The mile-long streetscape redo is scheduled to start in 2018 and be completed by 2020. It will begin at the railroad overpass adjacent to the new roundabout and extend through town to the bridge over the Winooski River, just past Waterbury Pharmacy. The project involves “full depth reconstruction,” including replacement of all municipal water and sewer infrastructure, and underground routing of all aerial utilities from Stowe Street to the State Office Complex. This is great news, because right now the utility wires in Waterbury are unsightly!
The project also includes new sidewalks, decorative streetlights, landscaping, and streetscape amenities to enhance the appearance of Waterbury village. Construction will be sequenced to maintain traffic flow and reduce disruption to residents and businesses in the village. Here is a rendering of the proposed streetscape makover:
The new streetscape in Waterbury Vermont is the final project in a series of improvements, including a completed roundabout at the intersection of Routes 2 and 100 near Exit 10 (photo at right), and the State Office Complex, which reopened in January, 2016.
Living and Working in Waterbury
The new streetscape in Waterbury Vermont will make it an appealing place to live and work. Waterbury already has many attributes. Here is a quick overview:
- Easy access to Interstate 89 and situated about halfway between Montpelier, the state capitol, and Burlington, Vermont’s largest city
- State employees have returned to new offices at the State Office Complex
- Close to ski areas such as Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, Stowe Mountain Resort, Bolton Valley, and Trapp Family Lodge
Close to excellent hiking in the Green Mountains, with the Green Mountain Club located just up the road in Waterbury Center
- Waterbury Reservoir is close by, for swimming, sailing, waterskiing, fishing, ice fishing, picnics, and more
- Great mountain biking trails maintained by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club
- Nearby snowmobiling on VAST trails
- Many excellent restaurants, pubs, and breweries, including the world-famous Alchemist, brewers of Heady Topper
Waterbury is truly a hub where people come for good food, great beer, and to live and work in a mountain community close to outdoor activities. If you’re looking to relocate to Waterbury, Vermont, give me a call and I’ll show you some houses. And if you’re looking to sell your house, I’ll help you get the best price possible.