Public Hearing to Name Route 14 in Brookfield and Williamstown
The Vermont Transportation Board on September 14, 2020 beginning at 7:30 p.m. will conduct a public hearing on a petition to name VT Route 14 from its intersection with Chelsea Road in Williamstown south to its intersection with VT Route 65 in Brookfield “The Major Ira Day Memorial Highway.”
The public hearing will commence at the Williamstown Public Safety Building, which is located at 249 Meadow Street. in Williamstown, VT. At the hearing, the Board will hear from the Petitioner, which is Joshua Blouin, and any member of the general public interested in the petition and potential naming.
The hearing will be run pursuant to 19 V.S.A. § 5(b)(1)(2) as well as the Vermont Transportation Board’s rules for naming Transportation Facilities. A copy of the petition can be found by clicking here. Supporting Documents can be viewed by clicking here. Written comments will be accepted through this website until October 17, 2020, or they can be mailed to 67 Aspen Circle, Shelburne, VT 05482.
The portion of VT Route 14 that is under consideration to be named is owned, controlled and maintained by the State of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Transportation and runs through the Vermont towns of Brookfield and Williamstown. State and local records indicate this segment of Route 14 has no known designation other than VT Route 14.
Major Ira Day was born in 1777 in South Royalton, VT and around 1797 was one of the earliest settler to the Barre, VT area. He was South Barre’s first postmaster and ran the community’s first tavern in 1802. In 1803, Major Day constructed and chartered a segment of what is essentially now Route 14 as a “turnpike” that linked the Brookfield/Williamstown area to another recently established central Vermont turnpike that linked Montreal to Boston. Major Day also owned a stagecoach company that used this newly built route to transport mail, people and cattle between Boston and Burlington, VT.