Mayor’s Office

Improvements to Burlington Wayfinding Approved by City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 23, 2014
Contact:  Mike Kanarick
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Improvements to Burlington Wayfinding Approved by City Council
Signs Will Give Downtown District a Comprehensive, Consistent, Understandable Wayfinding System

Burlington, VT – At Monday night’s meeting, the City Council approved the Burlington Wayfinding Improvements project, which consists of the removal of existing signs and the fabrication and installation of approximately 100 new signs of different types throughout Burlington’s downtown district.  The signs and related infrastructure, long desired by many in the downtown, will be fabricated during the winter and installed next spring to give the downtown district a comprehensive, consistent, and readily understandable wayfinding system.

“I am excited that the long-anticipated effort to modernize and enhance our downtown signage to improve safety, access, and awareness of key downtown features is about to happen,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “The wayfinding improvements will make our City more livable and inviting to all, for everything from simply parking your car to accessing our celebrated waterfront.”

“A great signage program is a hallmark of a great city,” said Kelly Devine, Executive Director of the Burlington Business Association.  “Burlington businesses have been asking for a new signage and wayfinding system. We are grateful to Mayor Weinberger and his Administration for making it happen.  This new system will make it easier for customers and visitors to find their way to amenities and parking.  The result will be less congestion in the downtown and a more welcoming city.”

PROJECT TIMELINE:

  • Preparation, materials sourcing, and sign fabrication:  October – March
  • Delivery of signs:  End of April – early May
  • Field activities – including removal of existing signs, preparation of individual sites for installation, foundations, final installation:  March – July 

Project completion is expected by July 2015.

PROJECT BENEFITS:

Once the project is completed, the wayfinding signs and information will allow residents and visitors alike to benefit from a comprehensive, consistent sign plan. The project includes the installation of pedestrian-scale wayfinding signs, various types of parking facility signs, and hairpin signs. Benefits from the project include:

  • Enabling efficient transport for drivers by providing directional signs to parking and popular destinations;
  • Encouraging walking and bicycle trips by providing directional signs for bicyclists and pedestrians;
  • Reducing traffic congestion and environmental impact caused by drivers circling or waiting for parking or directional information; and
  • Directing visitors to tourism, cultural, and recreational amenities.

 

For more information about the City’s grant-funded wayfinding project, please click here.

*Please see attached wayfinding graphics (image 1, image 2, image 3).

 

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Press Release Date: 
10/23/2014
City Department: 
Mayor's Office