The Windham Regional Commission will host a public meeting on Thursday, August 16th to solicit input on the aesthetics and design of a new bridge to replace the current Interstate 91 bridge over the West River and Route 30. The meeting will be held from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Windham Regional Career Center at 80 Atwood Street in Brattleboro.
This meeting is in response to a request made by the Commission to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) that public comment about the character of the replacement bridge be solicited before the Agency advertises a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a design/build contractor.
VTrans has agreed to let the Commission lead a local process to develop aesthetic criteria used in the selection of the design/build contractor. VTrans will determine which of the recommended aesthetic criteria will be used in the RFP. The letter from VTrans outlining the process can be found on the Commission website at www.windhamregional.org.
The timeline presents a challenge, but the Commission is glad VTrans has taken its request seriously.
“VTrans is expecting us to have aesthetic criteria to the Agency by August 22nd. That presents a very tight timeline, but it’s the timeline we have to work with,” said Chris Campany, Executive Director of the Commission. “This public meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in the aesthetic character of the replacement bridge. The bridge is a gateway to the West River Valley/Route 30 corridor. It’s a bridge that is experienced not only by travelers crossing above the West River on I-91, but by those traveling along the West River on Route 30 as well.”
Campany added that this is the last chance for public input before firms begin the process of designing the bridge that will ultimately be built. “Once VTrans advertises its RFP to its ‘short-list’ of qualified design/build teams during the first week of September, the design process begins.”
An Aesthetic Evaluation Committee that is to be formed by the Commission will have the opportunity to present the aesthetic criteria to the firms participating in the RFP process, and to score the aesthetic character of the bridge designs produced by those firms.
For more information contact WRC Senior Planner Matt Mann (email@example.com) at 802-257-4547.
Windham Regional Commission
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Brattleboro, VT 05301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Chris Campany
August 9, 2012 802-257-4547 x106 office