Rutland Creek path is multi-use path in Rutland City along the East Creek and Otter Creek, extending from Giorgetti Park to the College of St. Joseph. It involves 6,200 feet of a 10-foot-wide multi-use paved path, to be used for both commuting and recreational purposes. It is divided into three segments for ease of implementation. It will serve as a connection from Giorgetti Park to West Street (Segment A), from West Street across East Creek, past Monsignor Connor Park to River Street (Segment B) and across the rehabilitated Dorr Drive bridge (VTrans project BRF3000 (16)) to the College of Saint Joseph (Segment C). The path will be a combination of off-road facility and on road in cases of low volume, and dead end local streets dead, specifically Preville, Earle and Lalor, where the path may use the existing roadway. The path will cross a mix of both private and public lands and several city streets.
Purpose and Need
The Purpose and Need are as follows:
Purpose: To improve pedestrian/bicyclist safety and to provide connections to destinations within the surrounding community.
Need: A pedestrian/bicycle facility connecting the many destinations along the corridor does not exist. The current situation requires the utilization of high volume roadways to access these destinations. The construction of a new facility would increase pedestrian/bicycle safety and provide a recreational facility for the community.
The path will provide students from the College of St. Joseph with access to the western edge of downtown Rutland, connect important recreational facilities and will be traversed by the bike routes designated as BikeRutland. This paved, 10-foot-wide, multi-use path along the heretofore unutilized and unseen natural resources of East and Otter Creeks, running directly through Rutland City, would provide easy access for commuting, social, recreational, and health fitness purposes. It could be utilized by every demographic and age group within Rutland and beyond, from children on bicycles and skateboards, to teens on rollerblades, to mothers and fathers with strollers, to the elderly looking to enjoy a stroll along the water, to the handicapped allowing wheelchair access in the outdoors.
As a singular feature it would link the City of Rutland together, connecting and unifying parks, schools, businesses, and most importantly its people. It would bring Rutland up to par with the other towns and cities within Vermont that have been enjoying the substantial economic, social, recreational, and health benefits of such a project for many years now. It would bring people to the city to utilize its resources. Finally, it would bring a vision and focus to Rutland that could be expanded upon in the years to come.
As a civic project, it would also tie in to existing policy and efforts to maintain our youth, conserve energy, promote multi-modal transportation and clean up a neglected area.
• Connecting parks, schools, neighborhoods and community
• Taking advantage of access to a hidden treasure along creeks
• Increasing off-road facilities as this area is lacking these
• Cleaning up a neglected area
• Improving the sense of community and quality of life
• Collaborating public and private interests to create a community project
The idea of a multi-use path was developed through the Creative Economy initiative. In November of 2006 a group of project supporters formed and began holding monthly meetings to push the project forward. A plan for the path’s best and most viable route were drafted. In 2007, Louis Berger Group was hired by the Rutland Regional Planning Commission to produce a feasibility study for this multi-use path within the City of Rutland.
Unexpected opportunities include the website, which is now up and running - www.rutlandcreekpath.com. The project received national recognition as the recipient of the 2008 Excellence in Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations. This was based on the project’s creativity and subsequent impact, derived from its inception - Rutland Creative Economy initiative.
Project Update - November 2012
Engineering and Design
- VTrans has approved the project design plans for Segments 1 and 2.
- All design and permits (state and local) for segments 1 through 4 have been obtained.
- Environmental documentation (Categorical Exclusion) has been obtained.
- Draft right-of-way plans for segments 2-4 are under development.
- Coordination with Rutland City and VTrans’ is ongoing.
- Segment 1 of the Path, from Giorgetti Area and Pine Hill Park to State Street, opened on November 3, 2012.
- Construction of Segment 2, from State Street to West Street, is expected to begin in 2012.
- Funding has come from federal, state, local, and private funding sources, including many volunteer hours. Multiple VTrans Transportation Enhancement (TE) grants have been awarded to support design and construction. Grants, cash and in-kind match have been received from the City of Rutland, GE, local contractors, organizations and attorneys.
|Rutland Creek Path organizers officially open
the Rutland Creek Path on November 3, 2012.
(From left: Paul Gallo, Christopher Louras, Susan Schreibman,
and Michael Smith)
|The Rutland Creek Path and East Creek near Street Street.