This week in “On the Road” from the Agency of Transportation, we start with a new paving project in Bradford on Routes 25 and 25B. The project will include cold planing and resurfacing and upgrades to guardrails and new pavement markings, as well as railroad crossing upgrades.
Barre’s Big Dig project is back, but construction and finishing touches on Main Street will have minimal impact on traffic flow during the final stages of the project.
Also new this week is a third project in Cambridge. This new work involves a paving project on Route 108 between Cambridge and Bakersfield/Fletcher. This will involve reclaiming and resurfacing the highway, guardrail upgrades, new signs, and pavement markings. Drivers should expect delays going through the work area.
Another project this week is a paving project on Interstate 91 South going from Newbury to St. Johnsbury. The paving will include milling and resurfacing the full width of the roadway as well as guardrail work. Drivers should expect lane reduction speed reductions.
Drivers will continue to encounter lane closures on Interstate 89 in Milton. Bridge no. 80 at mile marker 101 is reduced to one lane during the project. The speed limit has been reduced to 50 mph during the project. Another lane closure on I-89 involves the southbound passing lane between mile markers 73.5 and 74.5 in Richmond. This ledge removal project will be protected by Jersey barriers. Speed is restricted to 55 mph and the travel lane has been reduced to a 12-foot width. Please note that the contractor reports drivers are paying too much attention to the workmen on the ledges instead of focusing on driving through the work area. This could create a dangerous situation in the work zone.
The Checker House Bridge project on Route 2 in Richmond is nearing completion. A temporary two-lane bridge keeps both lanes moving with no delays.
The intersection of Vermont Route 108 and Vermont Route 15 in Cambridge is having a roundabout installed. Next to the roundabout site is a bridge replacement project. Both projects are going on at the same time. Speed limits have been reduced to 30 mph in the work zone. A temporary bridge will be installed to maintain traffic flow during construction. Travelers should expect flaggers on site but slight delays may occur during morning and afternoon commuter drive times.
Drivers on Route 2 in Danville will face alternating one-way traffic while crews reclaim and widen the roadway. Traffic control personnel will be present and drivers may experience slight delays. Farther north into the Kingdom on Vermont Route 102 in Maidstone, drivers will find occasional lane closures while crews work on slope stabilization.
Vermont Route 100 north of Warren village has a bridge replacement project in the works that will send drivers on to a detour. Signage will be placed so drivers have a clear understanding of the detour route that is in place.
Next week we will have several new projects entering construction and we will continue to keep you informed on construction projects around the state. Remember, in the work zone always slow down, merge early, and please put the cellphone down. For the latest in road conditions, check out the 511vt map, Facebook and follow AOT.ontheroad on Twitter.MORE IN Central Vermont
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