How long has an alternative truck route through downtown Vergennes, Vermont been in the discussion...since the late 1990s early 2000. Sixteen Years.
I believe If the a new bridge truck route over Otter Creek to Route 7 had been put in place to raise funds back in 2000, then I suspect enough money to cover the costs would be in the bank by now. If there's a rule preventing a city from saving up money for much needed projects, then that rule needs to be voted out.
Yes, the hill through downtown Vergennes is steep. I've seen big trucks struggle in the summer time getting up that hill. If traffic is backed up so a big truck has to stop mid way, its even worse. Think about that in winter when roads are icy. What's at the bottom if a truck slides back? A bridge over Otter Creek with a low guard rail that I believe won't hold a truck from tipping over. That makes the Route 17 to Route 7 route more attractive, but not by much.
Update...Voters passed the new truck Route 17 truck route.
|Bixby Library Mid Way up hill downtown Vergennes|