Changes eyed for Route 7 intersection by MUHS
MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury is exploring alternatives and will recommend improvements to the intersection at Charles Avenue, Court Street and Monroe Street with the goal of improving mobility and safety for personal vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and public transit.
Town officials invite the public to an initial information meeting on the issue this Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the Middlebury Union High School cafeteria.
The existing Court Street signalized intersection configuration near the entrance to MUHS is atypical and promotes inefficient traffic operations, driver confusion, mode conflicts and safety issues. Officials said that beyond these operational deficiencies, the intersection configuration discourages continuity with the surrounding land uses and efficient north-south circulation through Middlebury.
Overall, officials would like to use this opportunity to plan and create a safe, accessible southern gateway into Middlebury that welcomes and accommodates all modes of transportation.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Ted Dunakin of the Middlebury Planning and Zoning Department and David Saladino of engineering firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. will provide a brief overview of the project. A break-out session will follow the presentation to solicit thoughts, ideas, and issues on the intersection.