Gibson-Aiken, Harris parking lots to see renovations

BRATTLEBORO — A significant project to improve the Gibson-Aiken and Harris Parking Lots is about to get underway.

According to a news release from Assistant Town Manager Patrick Moreland, the scope of the project includes replacing all pavement, installing new sidewalks and curbing, improving drainage, and repainting the markings in the lots.

Moreland said the public should expect these lots to be closed for public parking during the majority of the estimated four-week project.

A temporary access ramp will be built from the parking lot behind Fairpoint Communications on Harris Place to maintain pedestrian access to the Senior Center at the Gibson-Aiken Center. During construction, regular permit holders in the Harris Lot will have their parking permits honored in the High Grove and Spring Street lots and in the non-reserved section of the Brattleboro Transportation Center.

The contractor's hours of operation are permitted as follows: Mondays through Thursdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Work will begin in the Gibson-Aiken Center Parking Lot during the week of Sept. 11, Moreland said, and the entire lot is expected to be closed to vehicular traffic for up to four weeks. Work on the Harris Parking Lot should begin during the week of Sept. 18, and that lot will be closed to traffic for about three weeks. These dates are subject to change by weather and other factors.

Both parking lots are expected to re-open to vehicular traffic on or about Oct. 9, Moreland said.

In the news release, Moreland said, “We regret the inconvenience that this closure will cause to the public generally and especially to those living and doing business in and around the Harris and Gibson Aiken Parking Lots. The improvements we make today will have a lasting impact on this important public asset for years to come.”

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