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WCAX Williston Road/Route 2 Paving PKG 6/6/12

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By Cat Viglienzoni — June 8, 2012

I’ve started doing some more fill-in reporter work for the summer — the first of these pieces was on a project on a busy road here in Vermont — Route 2/Williston Road in Burlington/South Burlington.

Rather than tie up traffic during the day by shutting down lanes, VTrans opted to do the work at night. Originally, that was my story (quick and easy, right?), but then during the course of delving into the project a bit deeper, I found out that the City of South Burlington was also looking to try out a totally new lane structure for part of the road, to see if it worked.

That’s when the story became a bit more interesting. It aired that day (June 6) on the 6 p.m. news on WCAX.

I also got my first criticism with this piece — a woman wrote in expressing displeasure that I hadn’t spoken to homeowners along the road. A valid point, but the reason I did not was in part because VTrans had been instructed to to the road grinding in the most residential areas during the day because of the noise issue. The trade-off with this project was that people would have to put up with night work, but they would not have to sit through a traffic headache during the day.

Since I was working that day, and I livesided my piece the next morning on my show as well, I did the webcasts for those two days too.

June 6:

And for June 7:

Between this and the transit, it was a long week — but a good one!

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

June 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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