Champlain Parkway: Let's shape a roadway our City can love!
The Pine Street Coalition—a Grassroots Volunteer Community Group
For a Cheaper, Greener, Quicker and Much Safer Roadway
Stop! Reevaluate! Redesign: the Champlain Parkway
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- 15 August 2019
Pine Street Coalition Tony Redington 343-6616
Post Office Box 8726 Steve Goodkind 316-6045
Burlington, VT 05402 Charles Simpson 865-5110
FEDERAL COURT DELAYS CHAMPLAIN PARKWAY LAWSUIT:
FHWA TO RE-ASSESS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IMPACTS OF PROJECT
The US District Court on August 9 granted a request by the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to delay proceedings in an environmental lawsuit brought by citizens' group Pine Street Coalition, so that the government agency can undertake further study of the environmental justice impacts of the proposed Champlain Parkway. The $47 million dollar project was initially proposed in the 1960s, and the most recent public hearings were held in 2006.
Pine Street Coalition's legal challenge asserts that changes to laws, environmental conditions and development in Burlington's South End render the government's prior review of the project outdated. The Coalition claims the design does not meet current safety performance practices, lacks safe and separate walk and bike facilities, and features excess global warming emissions.
The Pine Street Coalition has also raised concerns regarding the disproportionate and dangerous impacts of the proposed highway project King/Maple Street neighborhood, which is the second poorest in Burlington, with over 80% low and moderate income population, including many families with young children living adjacent to roadway development. Regulations adopted in 2012 require federal agencies to pay close attention to the impacts of development projects on low-income communities, which have often born the brunt of negative environmental impacts like noise, air and water pollution. FHWA will engage in outreach in this community over the next few months to assess the environmental justice impacts of the proposed highway.
The Pine Street Coalition, formed in 2014, has called for a cooperative approach to redesign the Champlain Parkway project to save money and insuring a safe, quality transportation investment beneficial to the South End neighborhood and City.