On the road: Holiday week means shortened scheduleJuly 01,2013
This is week number 12 of “On the Road” with the Agency of Transportation. Headed into the holiday work week crews will have an abbreviated schedule due to the Fourth of July festivities falling on a Thursday. State and local road crews this week are addressing storm damage as well as their normal work schedules.
On I-89 we will have several 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 in that work zone. Heavy rains have caused major washouts along the right side of I-89 southbound at mile marker 79. Long-term lane reductions are planned to repair the damage. Drivers should plan on a lane reduction as well as a speed restriction in this work zone. There will be delays in and around this work zone.
The project from Waterbury to Richmond is very close to completion and the new pavement will make interstate travel much smoother in this area. Drivers on I-89 in Brookfield will find southbound traffic reduced to one lane for bridge deck work. This will cause slight delays during afternoon commuting hours. Please be aware that work crews will be back on the Winooski River Bridge that was damaged as a result of the tractor trailer accident on the 24th. The left lane will need to be closed for these repairs. This work is currently planned for July 8th, 9th and 10th. Please plan for delays during this project. Motorists are asked to consider alternate routes around this work zone.
Motorists on I-91 will encounter five projects that will affect traffic flow. A project in Coventry will impact both north and southbound lanes of I-91. Drivers in this work zone should expect lane shifts as well as speed reductions. 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.
The paving project on Vermont Route 108 in Cambridge will require 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.
Route 102 in Maidstone has a slope stabilization project going on that might delay traffic from time to time.
If you are on Routes 2 and 2B in Saint Johnsbury you will find bridge projects going on that require speed reductions and lane restrictions.
Route 2 in Williston and Route 117 in Essex have signal replacement projects that will slow traffic during morning commuting hours.
Route 116 in Hinesburg has a paving project that is nearing completion. Guardrail and excavation work will continue on Route 116 south of Hinesburg Village between Beecher Hill Road and Hinesburg Sand & Gravel.
Route 100 from Warren to Waitsfield has a paving project that creates delays during commuting hours. Route 100 (North of U.S. 4) has a bridge that has been reduced to one lane for deck work. Traffic lights have been installed and a 30 mph speed limit is in place. Route 100A in Plymouth has another bridge project going on. A detour is in place around this work.
Route 12 in Northfield is another project that is almost finished. Drivers should expect alternating one-lane traffic this week. Route 12 and 12A in the town of Randolph has another paving project finishing up soon. Route 12 from Hartland to Bethel has a sign construction project going on. Minor delays in the morning should be expected in and around this project.
Vermont Routes 25 and 25B have paving projects that are slowing traffic during afternoon commuting hours.
Please drive safely this holiday week. Don’t forget to check out our 511vt map or you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, 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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