by Andrew Martin
Work to expand the sidewalk system in the Village of Hyde Park is underway. On June 3 workers from Don Weston Excavating, of Williston, commenced building a section of new sidewalk that will begin on Main Street in the village and extend down Depot Street.
According to Hyde Park General Manager Carol Robertson, the Depot Street project will consist of 884 linear feet of new granite curbing and Portland cement sidewalk as well as sub-base and drainage work. Don Weston Excavating was hired for the job following a bid process that was approved by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).
Funding for the project in Hyde Park will be provided in large part by VTrans in the form of a grant. Robertson explained that the estimate for the total cost of the project is $185,000, with VTrans supplying 80 percent, or $148,000, of that total. The Village of Hyde Park is responsible for providing $37,000, or 20 percent of the total cost.
According to Robertson, the entire Depot Street sidewalk project is scheduled to be completed by August of this year. However, efforts to expand the pedestrian infrastructure in Hyde Park Village will not end then and there. A similar sidewalk project is scheduled to take place in 2015 on Johnson Street Extension. That project will connect the West Main Street sidewalks to Route 15. Robertson explained that the village applied for additional grant funding for this project last year and has received a total of $69,000 for the project.
Other potential related projects are also being studied by town and village officials.
“The Village & Town of Hyde Park is jointly pursuing studies to provide improved traffic, bike, and pedestrian transportation within the Village,” Robertson stated, “This will be a long lived pursuit.”