The Circ revived again, but not really

first_imgThe Circumferential Highway experienced a small victory recently when it came to light that the Federal Highway Administration had issued an ROD or Record of Decision, giving the good-to-go on the current design and location of the proposed highway. This thumbs-up to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, however, is far from a green light on the actual construction of the highway, which still faces an “end of road, turn back” sign from the Environmental Protection Agency.The giant undertaking of connecting Interstate-89 in Williston with 117 and 289 in Essex has been riddled with problems since planning began in the early 1980s and the original layout for the road was declared dead by Governor Shumlin at a press conference in May of this year. The new proposal, known as Alternative 17 or what was previously referred to as the Circumferential A/B Boulevard, is not expected to be any less divisive.Sue Minter, the Deputy Secretary Agency of Transportation, told Vermont Business Magazine that the Circumferential A/B Boulevard is still ‘a long way off’ and that there are ‘many permitting battles ahead.’A letter to Governor Shumlin and Colonel Philip T Feir of the US Army Corps of Engineers in May from H Curtis Spalding, the regional administrator of the EPA, stated the EPA’s position quite clearly on the A/B Boulevard. Spalding wrote, ‘The Circ A/B alternatives, including VTrans’ preferred (Alternative 17) do not satisfy the Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) guidelines and that the Corps should deny VTrans’ permit application. Ending this project would enable all of us to turn our collective energies toward developing an environmentally sound solution to the regional transportation needs of Chittenden County, an objective my Agency is ready to help address.’The letter went on to state numerous problems with the proposed alternative including ‘increased phosphorus loadings to Lake Champlain… the loss or alteration of an entire network of headwaters streams that is an essential source of clean cold water for Allen Brook,’ which already has been designated an ‘impaired water,’ and ‘likely violations of water quality criteria in affected streams during construction.’According to the letter, dated May 9, at least one more permit battle has been guaranteed. It concluded, ‘â ¦if the Corps notifies the EPA of its intent to issue a permit for Alternative 17/Circ A/B based upon the existing record, I intend to initiate the 404(c) process under the Clean Water Act. In light of the significant ecological damage that Alternative 17/Circ A/B would cause, I encourage the state to reconsider its support for the alternative, and I renew the recommendation I have made previously to the Corps that it deny the permit application.’Minter said that the Shumlin administration wants to move forward, but without getting swamped down in legal battles. She said that this less contentious path is being sought out in numerous ways including meetings with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and bringing together the ‘Circ’ communities (Essex town, Williston, Colchester) to better examine integral parts of the plan such as the reduction of traffic and mitigation in key areas, environmental impact, etc.Although contingent on legal proceedings, the A/B Boulevard is planned to be constructed in two parts: Part ‘A’ will consist of a route connecting I-89 to Mountain View Road in Williston; and part ‘B’ will connect Mountain View Road to VT-289, going over the Winooski River into Essex. The road will consist of at-grade, signaled crossing at US 2 and Mountain View Road, two lanes in each direction (four total), and a 16-foot median separating them.Many Williston resident have expressed concern that the approved plan, particularly part A, will bring about more congestion and traffic problems in the future, one of the problems that the highway is supposed to alleviate. It has also been suggested that the B Boulevard should be built first, rather than A to more quickly reduce traffic at the five corners intersection in Essex Junction.Some believe that the construction schedule has been arranged accordingly to give priority to IBM, which is located off Redmond Road at Mountain View Road in Williston, in gaining more control of their transportation needs. The Chittenden Solid Waste District or CSWD, also located off of Redmond Road, would also be significantly impacted by the installation. The extent of this impact, under the current plan, hasn’t been fully determined.When the construction of either part of Alternative 17 is set to begin, if ever, is still up in the air. Minter concluded of the plan, ‘We know it’s going to be disputed.’Neel Tandan, Vermont Business Magazine. Circ won’t be built, alternatives sought and needed | Vermont…May 31, 2011 … Governor Peter Shumlin in May announced that the Circumferential Highway ‘is not dead.’ He then essentially threw a load of dirt on its … RELATED:center_img Circ highway plan clears major environmental hurdle | Vermont …Jul 7, 2010 … As a result of these discussions, the original Circ alternative that called for construction of a limited access highway with a 50 mph speed …last_img read more

WNBA teams, players to debut in NBA 2K20

first_imgWelcoming the WNBA to #NBA2K20 🙏 Get an inside look at gameplay and hear what it means to @Candace_Parker & @BreannaStewart to officially be in the gameWNBA Gameplay Blog ➡️ https://t.co/E0uJdMb27t pic.twitter.com/IyIOP71kaC— NBA 2K20 (@NBA2K) August 8, 2019Candace Parker, A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart are among the players who were scanned earlier this summer to have their likeness appear in the game.”Knowing the history of what it has taken to make NBA 2K the franchise it is today, we know this is just a small first step into the world of women’s basketball with the WNBA,” NBA 2K producer Felicia Steenhouse said. “Getting to where we ultimately want to be is going to be a much longer journey. In true NBA 2K spirit, we intend to be trailblazers and we will push every year for the highest level of authenticity possible.” Related News The WNBA has joined the NBA 2K20 party.The video game announced Thursday that multiple WNBA players will appear in NBA 2K20 and that all game modes featuring the WNBA players will be available on Sept. 6. USA Basketball expands women’s training and pay to keep WNBA stars stateside WNBA All-Star 2019: Erica Wheeler impresses in showcase debut as Team A’ja Wilson winscenter_img Parker expressed how excited she was to be able to see her likeness in a video game that normally is reserved for male athletes.“Growing up, I always remembered watching male athletes on TV and playing as them in video games. Now, to have the WNBA be in the position we are and to have women featured prominently in NBA 2K20, we are allowing young girls and boys to have female athletes as role models,” she said. “The 2K team has done an amazing job of making sure to not just put women into the game playing men’s basketball, but I’ve seen first-hand the hard work they’re doing to make this as real and authentic as possible to women’s basketball. I’m proud to be a part of this team paving the way for the future.”Stewart also said the video game prototypes are accurate and that she really can perform the moves on the court that are seen in the game. “When I’m playing or when someone else is playing I can be like, ‘Yeah, I did that’,” Stewart said.The developers and producers of the game worked with 3,000-5,000 animations to get the likeness, moves and flow of the players to match them as much as possible in real life.”We have arrived,” Parker said.last_img read more