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Busy Burlington intersection to get temporary makeover

BURLINGTON — A much-maligned five-way intersection in the South End is being temporarily reconfigured as part of a “pop-up” demonstration Thursday through Friday at noon.

The intersection of Howard and St. Paul streets, where South Winooski Avenue comes to an end, will be reconfigured based on “design elements for this busy intersection as proposed by city officials earlier this year,” according to a news release from AARP Vermont.

AARP is sponsoring the demonstration project along with the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, and the bike and pedestrian advocacy group Local Motion.

“The goal is to help neighbors, planners and city officials envision what a new community space and safer intersection could look like,” the release says.

The project has city approval, according to a spokesperson for Mayor Miro Weinberger.

In addition to the intersection’s borders being altered for safety, the groups will temporarily install benches, tables and planters.

The groups are hosting a community discussion today — Wednesday — at 5 p.m. at ArtsRiot on Pine Street about the demonstration project and other ways to create low-cost community spaces.

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