Lebanon Downtown Tunnel Project
Since 1964, when a raging fire devastated much of its main street, restoring and reinvesting in Lebanon’s historically vibrant downtown area has been a key objective for the City. Since that time, the City has undergone a series of urban renewal efforts including the most recent Downtown Vision Plan and Tunnel Assessment, completed by VHB in 2016. The study identified a series of specific actions and recommended improvement projects that would help achieve this vision and further improve the overall aesthetic of the downtown. One of the prioritized projects stemming from the study included working with the City to rehabilitate the former railway tunnel to include a pedestrian-friendly shared use path that would connect to the downtown and revitalize the adjacent parking lot and shopping plaza. Leveraging the team’s intimate familiarity from previous work on the visioning study and nearby Mascoma Greenway Trail, the City selected VHB as the lead design consultant to complete the tunnel rehabilitation project.