North Bennington board discusses intersection improvement


NORTH BENNINGTON >> The Trustees of the Village of North Bennington discussed possible improvements to the intersection of Main Street and Bank Street — an area that has plagued truck drivers — on Tuesday night.

Highway Superintendent Norm LeBlanc presented the board with a pair of options, one of which was to cut the curb near the bank and replace it with drivable grass. One benefit to installing drivable grass, LeBlanc said, is that the existing green space will remain as it is.

The potential change, however, is not without its concerns.

"It might not be the answer [in] our case because of the constant traffic, but it might be," LeBlanc said. "It might be a solution because one of the big things is trying to keep the green space, the illusion of grass, there."

If that option were to be pursued, LeBlanc estimated that it would probably cost about $10,000 to complete.

In a phone interview, LeBlanc said a promise was made to the truck drivers in good faith that they would actively research and take measures to resolve the issue this coming construction season.

If the Village were to move forward with installing drivable grass, LeBlanc said that improvements to the other corners would not be made this year.

"We probably wouldn't do it to the other corners until we knew it worked well," he said. "We might even try a test piece somewhere in town and just start driving on it ourselves. We might do a test piece and drive on it for a month and see what happens."


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