Burlington bike path rehabilitation update

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Burlington bike path rehabilitation update

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 5:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Phase 2 is in the waning days of the 2017 construction season and the whole team is working hard to pave the remaining 1 ¼ miles from North Beach to Shore Road. Meanwhile, the push is on to complete as many intersections as possible before winter shutdown. As long as Mother Nature stamps an OK, our contractor plans to move in paving equipment today (Friday, November 17) and begin laying the base course of asphalt. The bike path's asphalt will consist of two layers, a lower layer called the base course (made with larger stone or aggregate to provide a strong and stable base) and on top of that the wear course (made with finer stones and aggregate to provide a smooth riding finish). At this point, our contractor, paving subcontractor and resident engineers are all predicting that we will be able to get the base course in this year, but the wear course may have to wait until the spring. Stay tuned for paving schedule details early next week.

Burlington Greenway Phase 2a Section is Open and Amazing
Burlington Greenway Phase 2a Section is Open and Amazing
Schedule (Highly Subject to Weather Related Changes)
  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, November 20-22, asphalt paving from North Beach to Shore Road (exact sequence TBD)
  • Late November - Mid December, 2017: Aggregate shoulder installation, topsoil grading, seeding/mulching, Killarney connection, staging area consolidation
  • Late December: Burlington Greenway open from Queen City Park Road to Winooski River Bridge
  • Spring 2018, Late April - Mid-May: There will be a short term closure of the path, from North Beach to Shore Road, in the early spring, as soon as the weather and BPRW event schedule allows, to complete any unfinished work. The Greenway is expected to be fully open for the Burlington City Marathon on Sunday, May 27, 2017.
It's All About the...You Know... Sub-base
We promise, this is the last time we'll mention the importance of a substantial and well compacted sub-base of crushed gravel in a Burlington Greenway Phase 2 Construction Update. The waning days and hours of installing the ever-important, well-drained and structurally stable gravel sub-base are drawing to a close. Soon it will be invisible to the path user, but you, diligent Update reader, will know it's there! In some locations, it's 24" deep, and all told, Phase 2 will likely utilize 7566 cubic yards of the stuff. That's 21,185,000 pounds and enough volume to cover a football field 4' deep. And, within 5% of our engineer's estimates from April. And that's all sitting on top of 279,000 square feet of geotextile fabric, enough to cover over half of the New Orleans Superdome. The fabric and the sub-base, both invisible to the human eye, will be working hard for the next several decades to provide a stable base for the Burlington Greenway.
Munson Earth Moving lays down new sub-base for the Burlington Greenway bike path rehabilition
Munson Earth Moving lays down new sub-base for the Burlington Greenway bike path rehabilition
It's All About Connection, Too
We promise this is the last time we'll mention the importance of a substantial and well compacted sub-base of crushed gravel in a Burlington Greenway Phase 2 Construction Update. The waning days and hours of installing the ever-important, well-drained and structurally stable gravel sub-base are drawing to a close. Soon it will be invisible to the path user, but you, diligent Update reader, will know it's there! In some locations, it's 24 inches deep, and all told, Phase 2 will likely utilize 7566 cubic yards of the stuff. That's 21,185,000 pounds, enough volume to cover a football field 4-feet deep, and within 5% of our engineer's estimates from April. That's all sitting on top of 279,000 square feet of geotextile fabric, enough to cover over half of the New Orleans Superdome. The fabric and the sub-base, both invisible to the human eye, will be working hard for the next several decades to provide a stable base for the Burlington Greenway.
And a Big Thank You to Greenway Users!
BPRW is closing in on another year of ambitious rehabilitation of the Burlington Greenway. Phase 2 is the longest stretch yet, with just over 3 miles of full reconstruction from just north of North Beach overpass to the intersection of North Avenue Extension, and roughly a quarter mile of asphalt overlay of the existing path from North Avenue Extension to the Winooski River Bridge. That's 17,464 feet of brand new path for your walking and rolling pleasure. It was a big project, and a big disruption to the tens of thousands of people who cherish the Burlington Greenway, who since June have been detouring around the construction zones. So thank you, fans of the Greenway, for your patience and understanding as we undertook this major project! Please save a little patience for early next spring when the path will close briefly to allow our contractor to put on the finishing touches.