Original Circ Highway Plan Re-surfaces
The battle over the Circ highway continues as State and Federal transportation officials agree that the original route planned between Interstate 89 and Vermont 117 is the best option for easing traffic congestion and avoiding conflicts with buildings and historic sites. A suit won by the Conservation Law Foundation in May 2004 halted construction and prompted an environmental impact statement, which was released in 2007, offering less invasive and more cost efficient alternatives to the original plan.
However, the US Army Corps of engineers have yet to weigh in. A last draft of the Circ report still needs to be completed, with another public comment period to follow and potential future court appeals — all of which may further delay the highly contested project. Read more.