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The Burlington-Winooski Bridge is located between Burlington and Winooski carrying US Routes 2 and 7 over the Winooski River.  This bridge provides a vital connection between the two cities, as well as the region. As the sole downtown crossing over the Winooski River, the Burlington-Winooski Bridge provides a link for approximately 25,000 vehicles per day and approximately 500 pedestrians and bicyclists per day.  This is a drastic difference since the bridge was first constructed to primarily accommodate trolleys.

The existing bridge, constructed in 1928, is currently safe, but is approaching the end of its service life. In addition, the bridge no longer meets the needs of the communities it serves.  The bridge replacement will provide wider lanes and shoulders, separated shared-use paths on each side of the bridge for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and will improve connectivity, traffic flow, and safety for all users.

The overall project will include replacing the bridge and improving the intersections immediately south of the bridge, involving Riverside Avenue, Colchester Avenue, Mill Street, and Barrett Street.  The intersection improvements will generally consist of roadway reconstruction and traffic signal modifications, with the goal of improving safety and mobility for all users.

The project team, including the Vermont Agency of Transporation (VTrans), City of Burlington, City of Winooski, and the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), are eager to engage the public throughout this multi-year project.  A series of public meetings will be held throughout the project.  Further details can be found on the News & Events page.

An aerial view of a newly constructed bridge spanning a river, connecting two parts of a city. Commercial buildings and parking lots line one side, while residential houses with green yards and trees are on the other. The river has greenish water, and nearby, there’s an intersection with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

Project Updates

Recent Public Meeting

Thank you for attending the public meeting, held on January 23, 2024, at the Winooski School District. If you were unable to attend, please see the presentation and video recording of the presentation below.  A written summary of the Public Forum Session portion of the meeting is also posted below.  You can watch the video as an anonymous viewer or sign-in to submit questions and comments to the project team.

Public Meeting Presentation  

Public Meeting Video Recording*

Written Summary of the Public Meeting Presentation

Written Summary of Public Forum Session

*The video recording does not include the Public Forum Session (due to audio quality). We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  

Past Public Meeting

 A public meeting was held on September 19th, 2023, at the O'Brien Community Center.  If you were unable to attend, please see the presentation and video recording of the presentation below which includes the Public Forum Session of the meeting. A written summary of the presentation is also posted below. 

Public Meeting Presentation

Public Meeting Video Recording

Written Summary of Presentation 

You can watch the video as an anonymous viewer or sign-in to submit questions and comments to the project team.

Numerous public meetings will be held throughout the project duration to keep everyone informed and engaged.   

Results of the Travel Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Burlington-Winooski Bridge Travel Survey!

The project team now has a better understanding of how you feel navigating the bridge, your preferred modes of travel, and how often you travel across the bridge. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! 

If you would like to review the results of the Travel Survey, they can be found here.

 Activities Near the Bridge & Short-term Traffic Control

In the upcoming months, you may see workers on or near the bridge with equipment. These workers are gathering data, taking measurements, and locating underground utility lines.

For the safety of the workers, short-term traffic control measures, including intermittent lane closures, may be required.

These data collection activities will occur for short durations of time between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Construction of the new bridge will
not start until 2027.