Jim Holway

Open Issues: 352 Closed Issues: 35,812 Acknowledged Issues: 1,463
Watching issues created after: 2013-07-03

New North End NPA Steering Committee

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  • Intersection Of Howard Street / St.Paul St. / South Winooski Ave. Burlington, Vermont - Burlington Electric
    This intersection is a route to school (Edmunds) for kids in the Five Sisters neighborhood and other South End neighborhoods. This is a complicated, 5-way intersection with no Walk /Don't Walk signals. Would like to see pedestrian improvements or a crossing guard assigned.
  • Vt-127 Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric

    I am writing out of a love for my city and neighborhood, and an honest fear for my safety and the safety of my family. My concern is the intersection where the beltline (Rte. 127) meets Park Street at Manhattan Drive. This intersection is one of the most dangerous places in Burlington, and unfortunately it is my daughter’s route to school every morning.

    I realize that the Beltline is a VTrans road, but VTrans doesn't do enforcement. This makes it the City’s problem. And it is a problem. Every day--especially during the morning commute--many, many drivers run the red light. They do so brazenly, often not even “squeezing the yellow,” but instead pushing through a clear red light, at 50+ mph. As soon as they hit Park Street, it should be a 25 mph speed limit, but these drivers are always pushing 50 when they careen through the intersection.

    Over the past three days, my wife and I have seen four drivers run this light--and it is not as if we’re hanging out at the intersection. Those four incidents took place in about 3-4 minutes, as we were trying to cross on foot with our 5 year-old and our 9 year-old. On Thursday, when I was walking West, after having dropped off my girls at IAA, I was crossing with the “walk sign” when a sedan blew through the light. This car was followed by a pickup truck, which entered the intersection nearly a second after the light had turned red. It nearly hit me as it screamed South.

    This intersection and road are notorious. VTrans has labeled it as a “High Crash Location.” See the following report:. https://vtrans.vermont.gov/sites/aot/files/highway/documents/highway/Formal%202012-2016%20High%20Crash%20Location%20Report.pdf

    I am not an urban planner, but it is still easy to envision a number of potential calming measures. First, the city could add a "Red Signal Ahead" warning light on Rt. 127 that is timed with the traffic light to alert vehicles of the red light ahead. See the following link: https://www.orangetraffic.com/product/red-signal-ahead-advance-traffic-light-warning-road-sign/

    Second, the city could add transverse rumble strips at regular intervals across the entire South-bound lane, as cars approach the intersection. This would alert all vehicles to reduce their speed. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/hsis/12047/12047.pdf

    Third, the city could install a flashing pedestrian crossing (similar to those on North Avenue). This could either be connected to the crossing/button system OR timed to the traffic light--or both. Perhaps it could be programmed with high pedestrian traffic periods in mind (e.g., the IAA school commute). (See: https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/sites/default/files/u214/RRFB%20Public%20Education%20Brochure%20-%20Burlington%20DPW.pdf)

    Please know that I appreciate your time and care--and that I trust that you work every day to ensure the safety of Burlington’s residents. Here, we have a tragedy waiting to happen. I sincerely hope you will act quickly.

    Dov Stucker

  • Burlington VT - Burlington Electric
    What is the process for requesting a crosswalk? The confluence of Great Northern, Zero Gravity, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Pizza 41 at the intersection of Pine and Birchcliff is creating a hazard for both pedestrians and drivers. A flashing traffic beacon is necessary to prevent an inevitable accident. Thank you.
  • 2-98 Sears Ln Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    I've been seeing a lot of suspicious traffic and hearing small caliber gun shots from this place in the last few weeks. This site is getting more dangerous by the day, when is the city going to address the obvious violations going on here. This is a disgrace.
  • 406 Colchester Avenue Burlington Vermont - Burlington Electric

    A new bike lane was painted on Colchester Ave going up the hill from the bridge. The lane is on the outside of the parking until near the top where it transition to next to the curb. In this "transition area" the signage indicates it is fine to park in the bike lane. Please move the No Parking sign down the hill to the start of the bike lane transition so cars are not parked in the lane.

    Video of issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeMfG9BY11U&feature=youtu.be

  • 104-130 East Ave Burlington, VT, 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    Another accident occurred at the Bilodeau Ct, East Ave Hospital walking path this morning. Two car fender bender occurred as a result of the first car stopping to allow pedestrians to cross. The second car smacked into the car that stopped. This is the second accident this month. I strongly request that additional traffic calming and pedestrian signal treatments be implemented along East Ave for the safety of everyone. This is a main route from across Burlington with alot of pedestrians ranging from elementary school children to UVM students to hospital employees and seniors.
  • 307-311 Colchester Avenue Burlington, Vermont - Burlington Electric
    I think "sharrows" would be a help on Colchester Ave from where the bike lane ends in front of the hospital all the way to the Winooski Bridge. A bike rider gets dumped into two lanes of traffic when the bike lane ends and needs to take the lane to keep going straight to Winooski. Once through the India House/East Ave intersection there are parked cars on the side (rider at risk of getting doored) and the street is very tight especially with all the bus traffic. A bike rider can easily maintain traffic speed on this busy road since it is downhill. If a rider leaves enough space to the car in front of them to be safe cars tend to "think" they are faster then a bike and accelerate up to 40, cross over the center line and then whip back in front of the biker and slam on their brakes even when a rider has taken the lane. There are "bikes may use full lane" signs along here but there is a lot of space between them and they tend to be ignored since they can be way off to the side behind parked cars. Getting some bike stencils every couple hundred feet down this section would help tremendously to give the driver visual cues that the bikers are allowed to be there since the sharrows will be directly in the drivers view. What can be done to make this happen? Seems like a quick, cheap and easy improvement for the time being. I have seen a huge increase in bike commuters on this section of road and also a huge increase of unsafe passes.
  • North Winooski Ave Burlington, Vermont - Burlington Electric
    day after day, night after night, every day, bicyclist traveling the WRONG way down this one way state highway!.. last night at 11pm 2 cyclists, wrong way, dressed in black, no lighting, staring at their pocket devices (phones). sooner or later someone is going to get severely injured, let it be known this issue has been reported several times to the city. it is NOT the drivers fault, yet that is whom will have to pay and pick up the mess of an injured cyclist. Burlington's administration loves to test bike routes even failed ones, and it fails to uphold the laws on the books.
  • Burlington VT - Burlington Electric
    Customer feels that there should be the flashing lights for pedestrians at this intersection as people have a hard time crossing, traffic does not stop as it should
  • 93 South Winooski Avenue Burlington, VT 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    An smelly eyesore on a nice clean city. This reflects poorly on all of us. Clean the parking lot stairs.
  • 716-722 Pine Street Burlington, VT 05401, USA - Burlington Electric
    It would be great to have a crosswalk between Queen City Brewery and the South End Kitchen/Zero Gravity complex.
  • South Willard Street Burlington, Vermont - Burlington Electric
    I think it's time solve the Willard Street bicycle problem. Sharrows, better signage, a dedicated bike lane; something needs to happen before someone gets hurt.