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Bennington and BCRC Awarded a Grant To Build a Pathway Between the Applegate and Willowbrook Neighborhoods

The Town of Bennington received a $131,000 VTrans Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant for the design and construction of a multi-use path to connect Applegate Apartments and Willowbrook Apartments. A BCRC scoping study was the basis of the grant application. The Commission will continue to manage the project.

The new path will span a wetland and stream to connect a 104-unit affordable housing complex, Applegate Apartments, to Bennington’s municipal sidewalk network, and will give the 89 children from Applegate mobility, independence, and a healthy alternative way to get to school. Children from Applegate are now bussed to the Molly Stark Elementary School less than half a mile away, because Orchard Road, which connects Applegate to the school, is unsafe to walk on. Contact Mark Anders at the BCRC for more information on this and other bike-ped projects.