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Bridge Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Feasibility Study

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Bridge Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Feasibility Study
Richmond, Vermont

The Town of Richmond received a “Bridge Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Feasibility Study” Transportation Action Grant (TAG) from the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization. The purpose of this study was to develop streetscape design recommendations for improving pedestrian and bicycle circulation along the study area considering the following factors: safety, connectivity between village areas, utility infrastructure, existing community resources, economic development, character of the village, and natural resources along Bridge Street between Depot Street and Bridge Street’s southern end, and along Huntington Road between Bridge Street and Farr Street.

Heritage Landscapes conducted a review of the Study Area to assess potential historic resources in the project area. The focus of this review was the immediate areas along Bridge Street, including features in the right-of-way and the adjacent portions of abutting properties. The goal of the review was to identify existing historic resources along the Bridge Street corridor that could potentially be affected by bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The Bridge Street Bridge and Round Church are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and additional structures are listed on the State Register of Historic Places.

Heritage Landscapes' survey presented a range of historic resources.  The Village Cemetery, located on the east side of Bridge Street, represents an intact historic resource. The Village Cemetery has retained its current size and location at least since 1869, when it appeared on the Beers Atlas for Richmond, and its historic integrity remains high. At the periphery, the Village Cemetery is visually contained by tree plantings; the trees along Bridge Street provide separation between the busy street and the historic cemetery landscape. Too great an encroachment on the Village Cemetery would diminish the visual separation between the street and the cemetery, and undermine the Village Cemetery’s character as an intact, contained, historic resource.

South of the Winooski River, the Round Church Green is an important historic resource, though the integrity of the Green has diminished slightly over time due to the loss of a portion of the landscape. The Round Church was built in 1812-1814 as a meetinghouse and place of worship, and the adjacent Green historically served as an important public landscape at the core of the community. Today, open lawn and trees both lining the street and scattered throughout the landscape characterize the Round Church Green. The original western section of the Green, across Bridge Street from the Green core, is no longer legible as part of the common, though it is still town-owned.

Client:
Town of Richmond, Vermont

Project:
Historic Aboveground Cultural Resources Survey, Bridge Street Bicycle & Pedestrian Feasibility Study

Project Credits:
Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Landscape Architects & Planners, team lead Broadreach Planning & Design