Rochester Selex Hear Report on Village Pedestrian Study

Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:58am EST

By Martha Slater

At the Rochester Selectboard’s February 13 meeting, Lucy Gibson of DuBois & King presented her final report on the village sidewalk-pedestrian grant study.

Recapping the project, she noted that D&K began looking at the village pedestrian situation over a year ago. The study area included the entire village from south of the school up Main Street to the new park just north of the new firehouse, and also east toward Bethel Mountain Road, with the aim of improving safety for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Gibson discussed several ways to reduce stormwater runoff, including “green gutters” with plantings that can be incorporated into the sidewalks; and gave recommendations about improving traffic circulation. These included making School Street and the street in front of the post office one-way, and having a “refuge island” at the edge of the Mac’s Market parking lot along Route 100.

Gibson also recommended that the town make short-term pilot testing of some of these ideas, gave an estimate of the cost for the sidewalk and stormwater construction, and shared some tips for doing federally funded projects.

Bids for Park

In other news, board chair Doon Hinderyckx noted the receipt of four bids for construction work on the new park, and discussed the particulars of several of them. The board then voted to award the job to 802 Excavating LLC for a bid of $43,230.

Board assistant Joan Allen gave an update about her work to get the town on the state’s priority funding list for the Site 3 wastewater renovation.

Allen also asked for guidance on applying for a Class 2 road grant for work on Bethel Mountain Road.

Board member Robert Meagher announced that he will run for reelection at Town Meeting next month.

The next regular meeting of the board will be the Pre-Town Meeting on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:15 p.m. at the town office.

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