Champlain Parkway Construction Update

A bright orange diamond-shaped sign reads "Road Work Ahead." Behind it, a tree with a full, dusty orange crown stands in front of the City Market store in the South End. The sky is grey-blue.

If you have visited our South End Store in recent weeks, you will have noticed significant construction activity, especially along Flynn Avenue and Briggs Street. This work is part of the Champlain Parkway Project, a project designed to link our South End neighborhood with Downtown Burlington. 

Learn More about the Champlain Parkway Project

Two components of this construction will have an impact on our South End Store: planned blasting and planned periods of one-lane traffic on Flynn Avenue.

Blasting

UPDATE 11/7/22
As of 11/3/22, planned blasting work along Briggs Street has been completed. We do not anticipate any additional blasting activities. Thank you for your patience over these past few weeks! 

The Champlain Parkway Project will be conducting drilling and blasting activities to remove hard rock and ledge below the roadway surface. Blasting activities will take place along the roadway alignment for the Champlain Parkway east of Briggs Street between Flynn Avenue and Ferguson Avenue beginning Monday, October 17. Blasting events will be restricted to weekdays, Monday through Friday, for an estimated 2-4 weeks. Typically, there will be no more than two blasting events per day, one between 10 am and 11 am and one between 2 pm and 3 pm. Prior to a blasting event, vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic will be temporarily restricted from the blasting area, which includes our parking lot, for several minutes until the blasting is completed and a blasting specialist has cleared the area.

To comply with safety requirements, City Market will be implementing the following protocols during the blasting periods:

  • Our café will be closed from 10 am to 11 am and from 2 pm to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, until blasting work is done.
  • When blasting is imminent, we will close our entrances and exits. Our doors will remain closed for approximately 5-10 minutes while blasting occurs. We will open our doors once blasting is completed and the blasting specialist has cleared the area. During this time, if you are inside the store, you will need to remain inside the store for your own safety.
  • If you are in your car in our lot when you hear the blasting siren, you will need to come into our store until we receive the all-clear.

As always, the safety of our customers, our Members and our staff remains our highest priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and encourage you to visit the Champlain Parkway website to get the latest information on this project.

Flynn Avenue Traffic Impacts

UPDATE 11/7/22:
Beginning Wednesday, November 9, Flynn Avenue will be closed between Foster Street and Briggs Street. While this full road closure should last only until Friday, November 11, this section of Flynn Avenue will be restricted to one-lane traffic afterward for some time. Therefore, starting on Wednesday, November 9, we will be opening the gate on the south side of our parking lot. The gate will remain open for the foreseeable future. This will allow customers and vendors easier access to Home Avenue and create a better traffic flow on Flynn Avenue. 

Beginning Monday, October 10, we will see periods of one-lane traffic on Flynn Avenue between Foster Street and Briggs Street. When traffic is limited to one lane on that block, we will be opening the gate at the south side of our parking lot for exit-only traffic. This will allow customers and vendors leaving our store to proceed to Home Avenue and create a better traffic flow on Flynn Avenue. 

We are grateful to our South End neighbors, City Councilors, and the S.D. Ireland construction company for working with us to find a solution that supports our customers, Members, and neighbors during this phase of the Champlain Parkway Project. Thank you to everyone for bearing with us during this work!

Frequently Asked Questions

When will blasting occur?

As of 11/3/22, planned blasting work along Briggs Street has been completed. We do not anticipate any additional blasting activities. Thank you for your patience over these past few weeks!

Will the gate at the south side of the parking lot be open all the time?

We will be opening the Briggs gate to customer traffic for both entry and exit during business hours starting Wednesday, November 8th until further notice.

Can I enter the City Market parking lot through the gate when it is open?

Yes, the gate will be open to both entering and exiting traffic.

How will I know where to go if I exit through the gate?

We ask that all exiting customers turn right out of our gate and proceed to Home Avenue to minimize through traffic for our neighbors. Please follow the directions of any construction signs or flaggers and drive slowly and safely through the construction zone.

How long will the construction last?

The Champlain Parkway Project is large and the timeline cannot be fully predicted. For the latest estimates, please visit their webpage