• Summer work goes into high gear
    June 24,2013
     

    Road crews have taken advantage of every minute of the recent good weather and projects are really starting to take shape. Local roads are getting a lot of attention across the state as towns and villages gear up as well.

    Starting with Interstate 89 we will have five projects affecting traffic this week. In Swanton, deck work on interstate bridges will cause alternating lane closures. Drivers will encounter a 50-mph speed zone and a lane reduction. More bridge work on I-89 in Milton will create lane restrictions and speed reductions. Paving from Waterbury to Richmond is nearing completion. Night work began Sunday and continues through Wednesday. There will be short term ramp closures so watch for the signs. Ledge work continues south of Richmond in the southbound lane. Drivers should expect delays during morning and afternoon commuting hours. Finally, I-89 in Brookfield will have southbound traffic reduced to one lane for bridge deck work.

    This week on Interstate 91 five projects will affect traffic flow. A new project in Coventry will affect both north and southbound lanes. In this work zone, lane shifts should be expected as well as speed reduction. In Newbury a paving project in the southbound lane of I-91 will slow traffic with lane reductions and lower speed limits all the way to St. Johnsbury. A bridge project on I-91 in Windsor has southbound traffic crossing over into the northbound lane while bridge construction continues. This project will close Route 44 occasionally while crews work on the bridges above. Finally, a paving project in Brattleboro will continue in both north and southbound lanes. This will create lane restrictions and speed reductions. Delays are expected during morning and afternoon commuting hours.

    Vermont Route 108 in Cambridge has a paving project that requires alternating one-lane traffic. Then at the intersection of Vermont Route 108 and Vermont Route 15 drivers will encounter a construction project involving the installation of a roundabout. Next to the roundabout site a bridge replacement project continues on Vermont Route 15; a temporary bridge maintains two-lane traffic through this area.

    The District heating project in Montpelier will have crews active on State Street. Traffic control is present in the work zone.

    In St. Johnsbury Routes 2 and 2B have bridge projects going on. Both projects have reduced traffic to one lane with speed restrictions in place.

    Route 2 in Danville will have the final paving layer going down. Drivers can expect some delays in and around the work zone.

    Route 2 in Williston will have night paving going on. This is the final paving between Spear and Willard Streets.

    The paving project on Route 12 in Northfield is almost finished. There will be alternating one-lane traffic while crews hand-pave driveways. Further south on Route 12 and 12A crews are finishing up a paving project that goes through the town of Randolph. Drivers going through this work zone should allow extra time during morning and afternoon commuting hours. Route 12 in Hartland and on to Bethel will have sign work construction going on. Minor delays in the morning should be expected.

    Route 100 between Waitsfield and Warren still has a paving project that requires a reduction in speed in the work zone.

    Vermont Routes 25 and 25B have paving projects that are slowing traffic during afternoon commuting hours.

    Route 117 in Essex has a signal replacement project that is slowing traffic during morning commuting hours. Beginning today improvements to the sidewalks and lighting on Lincoln Street (Route 2A) between the cemetery and St. James Place will cause lane closures and short traffic delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Traffic control will be present.

    Road work on Route 116 in Hinesburg will include guardrail work, more adjusting of manhole covers and catch basin work this week. Alternating one-lane traffic should be expected.

    In Huntington paving of the Main Road from the Richmond town line to Bridge 9 just before Texas Hill Road will cause minor delays.

    Don’t forget to check out our 511VT map or you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please, put the cellphone down, be alert and drive safely. Happy motoring.



    Brent H. Curtis is the outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

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