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Traffic & Signage Changes for Morrisville

     by Andrew Martin

     Motorists traveling in and around Morrisville will soon see some changes to both traffic flow and the signage in the area. The town is currently planning to alter traffic patterns at the intersection of Bridge Street and Brooklyn Street once the new Route 100 alternate truck route is complete, and several new signage projects are underway as a result of the pending opening of the bypass as well.
     The major change planned for traffic patterns in Morrisville will be a stop sign at the end of Brooklyn Street where that street intersects with Bridge Street. The planned changes to the intersection of Bridge Street and Brooklyn Street will be made to deal with increased traffic coming off Bridge Street due to the fact that that street will now intersect with the new Route 100 bypass. According to Morristown Town Administrator Dan Lindley some traffic pattern projections are predicting an 80 percent increase in the traffic coming off Bridge Street and a corresponding decrease in traffic coming down Brooklyn Street.
     “Bridge Street will be the new main route,” Lindley explained. He went on to add it is for that reason traffic coming off the bypass onto Bridge Street will no longer have a stop sign and will continue through, uninterrupted, into downtown Morrisville.
     According to Lindley the change to the Brooklyn Street/Bridge Street intersection should be occurring at about the same time that the bypass is officially open to traffic. The Route 100 alternate truck route is scheduled to be open on October 3.
     “We are going to try to do it as close as possible to the truck route opening,” Lindley explained, “We want all the changes to occur at once so people can get used to them.”
     Other than the installation of the new stop sign on Brooklyn Street and the removal of the one on Bridge Street the only other work that Lindley expects will be needed to make the change is necessary signage and the repainting of several lines. The town will likely have a police presence at the intersection in the first few days following the change to better help remind people.
     “We just want to get the word out to the public now and start letting people know about the change,” Lindley concluded.
     The projected high traffic volumes on the Route 100 alternate truck route have also led town officials to work with the community and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to possibly install signage for destination spots in Morrisville on the bypass. According to Morristown Community Development Coordinator Trisha Follert, while directional signs for businesses and destinations are prohibited along much of the alternate truck route, an agreement has been reached with VTrans to install several ‘Multi-Facility Official Business Directional Signs’ at various specific points on the bypass route.
     According to Follert, the first of the signs will be located near the end of the truck route in the area of the Bishop John A. Marshall School. Two more will be located in the area of the Bridge Street intersection with the bypass, one that will be viewable to traffic traveling north and one to traffic traveling south.
     Follert also explained that the basic design of the signs will consist of a top row that will point out the Historic Downtown Business District in Morrisville and, below, different destinations and locales will be listed.
     “We want people to see clearly that one direction is the truck route and the other is the business district,” Follert explained.
     At this point Follert believes it will be unlikely that a fourth sign will be located at the end of the bypass near the intersection with Route 15. A sign similar to the one located near the roundabout in Hyde Park will be put in place at the roundabout where the bypass meets Route 15.
     Follert also added that she is planning on submitting the final paperwork for the new signs in the next few days. She expects that the signs will be installed around the opening date of the truck route.
     The Morristown Alliance for Culture and Commerce (MACC) is also planning new signage that will help draw people to downtown Morrisville. According to MACC’s Caleb Magoon, his organization is planning to install at least one new sign somewhere south of the bypass on Route 100.
     “We want to drive as much traffic as possible either down Historic Route 100 or onto Bridge Street,” Magoon explained, “We don’t care how they get there – we just want them downtown.”
     While MACC does not yet have a site for their new sign, they are currently working with Morristown Director of Planning Todd Thomas to find a spot where they will be able to place as large a sign as possible informing motorists on how to reach Morrisville’s downtown. Fundraising for this new sign is currently ongoing and will likely continue until spring. Until that time the current sign located across from the Irving gas station will continue to direct drivers into downtown Morrisville.
     “Obviously that isn’t going to work in the future,” Magoon commented.
     While the opening of the truck route will decrease traffic in Morrisville’s downtown, Magoon explained that many in his organization are excited for what the future holds.
     “It’s going to improve the walkability of our downtown,” he added, “There are a lot of plans in the downtown that will be coming to fruition over the next couple years.”
     “We are excited that there will no longer be trucks in the village and to see what our downtown will look like in a few years,” Magoon concluded.



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