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Hartland Narrows Intersection Options

Town officials and residents narrowed down the options for reconfiguring the Three Corners intersection, though creating a traditional four-way stop was the overall favorite.

At a public hearing this week, consultant David Saladino presented three options for the intersection, which has flow of traffic and pedestrian safety concerns.

The existing intersection has eight stop signs, for instance, but just one pedestrian walkway, with another further south of the intersection proper. Cars hug a bend at high speeds where routes 5 and 12 meet, and there have been numerous close calls over the years, if no accidents.

The three options for a redesign — a four-way stop, a roundabout and a style similar to the current setup — had been selected from five possibilities when Saladino began the $30,000 study in September. One-fifth of that money came from a Hartland capital reserve fund that residents voted to draw from at Town Meeting; the remaining $24,000 came from a Vermont Agency of Transportation grant.

By the end of the meeting, consensus among the 30-person assemblage was clear, according to Town Manager Bob Stacey:

∎ The four-way stop, in which Hartland-Quechee Road would be shifted to align with southbound Route 5, creating one intersection at which all traffic stops, was the favorite.

∎ The roundabout came in second;

∎ A layout that recalls the current setup, in which Hartland-Quechee Road and Route 5 both form “T” intersections with Route 12, was rejected.

“(The four-way-stop) seems to be the most — from this group, anyway — the most popular,” Stacey said.

One of that proposal’s most well-regarded features is the amount of green space it would create, Stacey said, because the four-way intersection would eliminate the curved road that transitions between Routes 5 and 12.

The next step, Stacey said, is for Saladino to tweak the two most popular concepts for further discussion. That work is due in July, after which the Selectboard has the final say on how to proceed.

Meanwhile, the town will meet with Vermont Agency of Transportation officials to discuss what Stacey described as “the whole ball of wax,” which includes design possibilities, how to work with or around the state highways and potential funding.

According to Stacey, the matter of funding would be tackled as the study nears completion.

Jon Wolper can be reached at jwolper@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.