New signs forecast for Vermont Route 30

T he Stone Valley byway, running along Route 30 from Hubbardton to Manchester, will be getting upgrades to facilities for cyclists and hikers.

The upgrades are available because the byway just won a federal enhancement grant of $81,920. Part of the money will go toward new signs, picnic tables and rest areas, with the rest going toward a study of the feasibility of improving the route for nonmotorized travel.

Susan Schreibman, acting director of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission, whose office wrote the grant application, said the study will look at bike-friendly detours, particularly along the area from Wells north, where the land is more hilly and so visibility is more restricted.

The route is already popular with tours from Bike Vermont and biking clubs from Killington/Pico and Manchester. Schreibman said that if the study recommends road work, getting it done would be some years in the future, so finding detours makes sense.

On the other hand, the signage should be ready by next year. The new signs are designed to tell visitors about the history and character of communities along the byway. They are enamel panels fixed to local stone — either marble or slate, depending where the signs are placed. The planners have gotten donations or stone slabs from every town along the route, Schreibman said, and there is a request for proposals out to have them manufactured. The panels were created by Heidi Humphrey of Dot Four design in Shaftsbury.

In addition, planners are finding locations to put the panels, ideally with room for picnic tables, so visitors can, in Schreibman’s words, “Read, learn and relax” while taking a break from the road. Among the sites confirmed are the village green in Wells and at Crystal Beach in Castleton.

The grant is part of $3.1 million in federal transportation funding for the state announced by Rep. Peter Welch and Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders on Friday.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags:

Routes 18, 21 will be ‘much better’ when done

Roadwork

By Dan King If you’ve driven down county Route 18 or 21 recently, you know the road is under repair. […]

District close to finishing slate of projects

school (2)

By Krystle S. Morey The school is on the cusp of finishing up three major capital projects it began earlier […]

Trump, Long win Tea Party poll

20160826_113706

By Dan King It was a good week for the Republican Party at the Washington County Fair. Each election year, […]

Defending champs open at Helderberg Valley

Whitehall Football

By Dan King It’s football season, and the Whitehall Railroaders are hoping to build on the momentum from last year’s […]

Classifieds 08/31/16

North Country Freepress – 08/26/16

Lakes Classifieds – 08/26/16

Northshire Freepress – 08/26/16

Lakes Region Freepress – 08/26/16

Weekender – 08/26/16

Excitement continues at the Washington County Fair

fair go round

By Dan King and Krystle S. Morey Holy smokes! The final days of the fair are here already! The Washington […]

Shoppers’ ‘points’ can help schools get tools

art sci dog fish cut up web

By Krystle S. Morey Granville residents can earn free supplies, musical instruments and playground equipment for their school simply by […]