October 6 2015

Work Underway to Improve Accessibility of Town Common

By: Rich Hosford

Work is underway to make the Burlington Town Common more accessible for people with disabilities. 


The project was brought to the Board of Selectmen in March. During that time Town Engineer Thomas Hayes and Burlington Disability Access Commission member Mary Jane Fietze presented the proposed changes. 

 

The plan calls for the modification of the two walkways that run from Center Street to the gazebo. 

 

Workers have removed the stairs and are re-grading the walkway that runs from near Town Hall to make it easier to use for people in wheelchairs. This will also make getting to the gazebo from Town Hall parking easier for parents with children in strollers. 

 

The second walkway, closer to the police station, is being re-graded to cut down on the severity of the slope. Both walkways will be converted from asphalt to concrete. The will also be done in such a way so that they blend in with the topography of the Commons for aesthetic reasons. 

 

 

The path to the gazebo from Town Hall

 

 
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