Letters to the Editor

Bright Light’s Project gets green light

An activism project for the Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School class Money, Energy and Power titled “Bright Light’s Project” is aimed at benefiting the Hinesburg community.

The traffic light at the intersection of CVU Road/Shelburne Falls Road and Route 116 has been identified as a system that can be improved and made more efficient. Many CVU students and citizens of Hinesburg are idling in unnecessary traffic.

The light for Route 116 does not allow for the people turning left onto CVU Road to do so safely. This is because drivers coming north from the town of Hinesburg create a constant flow of traffic that builds up, so that when the light turns green on Route 116 going south, drivers turning left onto CVU Road are blocked. This creates a large problem especially in the morning when students of CVU are trying to get to school.

Students are not the only ones affected. Citizens of Hinesburg and other commuters trying to go straight through the light are blocked by the cars waiting to turn left.

The class goal is to help reduce environmental pollution from idling, maintain a steady traffic flow through CVU Road and Hinesburg, and help the public save gas money.

To do this we will encourage the state to reprogram the light so that Route 116 South gets a green light before Route 116 North does. This will allow for several people to get through the light, including people turning left, before the south bound traffic receives a green light.

Please take 10 seconds out of your day to limit the amount of unnecessary traffic and idling by signing the petition to change the light on Route 116.

Sign the online petition at: www.ipetitions.com/petition/bright-lights-project-go-green.

Keller Longchamp, Nicole Bouffard, Amelia Dodds, and Jack Carnahan, CVU students