A National Guard vehicle sits at the main intersection in downtown Wilmington, next to the town pergola. (Angel Balch/submitted photo)
A National Guard vehicle sits at the main intersection in downtown Wilmington, next to the town pergola. (Angel Balch/submitted photo)
Tuesday November 20, 2012

WILMINGTON -- The snow guns are running, so that means the busy time of the year is coming for Route 100.

And that increase in seasonal traffic has some town officials looking at a familiar problem spot in town: the intersection that merges Route 9 and 100.

"We're looking to hold a discussion on the intersection, getting stakeholders, residents, businesses and people who use it on a regular basis together, for the purpose of getting some perspective on what's going on," said Windham Regional Commission Planner, Cullen Meves. "Going above and beyond statistics and our own studies."

On Nov. 26, there will be a public discussion on the intersection in downtown Wilmington. This will be an open hearing, which allows people to talk about the intersection.

This particular intersection connects Wilmington to Dover and is considered the gateway to the ski resorts that you can get to from Route 100. Friday nights and Sunday afternoons are times that make the intersection historically congested.

"There's been talk of modifying the intersection south to allow traffic to flow at a busy time," said Wilmington Town Clerk Scott Murphy. "We've taken steps working with the state and traffic patrol to adjust lights during the winter season. "

Most of the talk will be geared toward hearing and gathering information about the intersection. It will focus on new and old data.

The town of Wilmington and Windham Regional Commission are holding it, so that people who live, work and run businesses in the area will have a chance to talk about the current effects of the intersection, as well as past.

With the Act 250 coming in for a proposed 90,000-square-foot lodge at Haystack, traffic is a topic that comes up with any Act 250 application.

The meeting will happen before more development takes place at Haystack, which may bring more visitors to the area. Due to it's limited membership, however, the intersection should not see any more traffic than it did a few years back, when Haystack was a public mountain and part of Mount Snow, Murphy told the Reformer on Monday.

"It's not a major concern. We've dealt with it in the past," he said.

Talk will focus on how the town and its employees can handle traffic patterns and the seasonal flow of tourists in and out of area.

"We'll run into busy weekends, like Christmas and Martin Luther King Day. It's temporary and most local people realize that you've got to work around that," Murphy said.

Employees from Mount Snow and Haystack, both off Route 100, will be there, as well as town employees from Wilmington and Dover. The Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and members from VTrans will also be in attendance.

"I'm not worried about any major changes. Hopefully, we'll be coming out of it saying there's no real issues here," said Murphy.

The discussion will go from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at Wilmington Town Offices at 2 East Main St.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com.