• ON THE ROAD: Work zones to disrupt traffic
    August 26,2013

    For families this week marks the beginning of the end of summer. County fairs, lawn sales and Labor Day attract motorists to a variety of destinations around the state.

    This is a special time of year in Vermont. Folks are trying to squeeze the most out of summer vacation and construction crews are taking advantage of cooler temperatures.

    On Interstate 89 three bridge projects will impact traffic this week: Bridge work in Swanton, St. Albans and Milton will all have lane reductions and slower speeds. Drivers should expect short delays in these work zones this week.

    Traffic will be affected at four work zones on I-91: Paving in Barton, Newbury and St. Johnsbury will cause lane closures and speed reductions. Some delays have been reported during morning commuting hours in each of these work zones.

    In Windsor a major bridge project on I-91 crosses southbound traffic into the northbound lane. A speed reduction is in place in this work zone.

    Finally, in Brattleboro traffic going both north and south on I-91 will be affected by several paving projects. Drivers should expect lane restrictions and speed reductions throughout the work zones. Please plan on delays during afternoon commuting hours.

    Starting in the northwest corner of the state, construction on Route 78 in Swanton will lower the speed limit to 25 mph.

    Construction on Route 242 between Montgomery and Westfield is creating a lane closure and a speed reduction in the work zone. Short delays have been reported in this area.

    Cambridge has three projects that include a paving job on Route 108 that extends into Bakersfield. A new roundabout at the intersection of Routes 108 and 15 and a bridge replacement project near the roundabout are causing delays during morning and afternoon commuting hours.

    Route 14 in Craftsbury is reduced to one lane for a construction project.

    Two projects in Essex are affecting traffic flow this week. Route 128 between Westford and Essex is still being paved this week. This is causing delays during commuting hours. Work is finishing up on Route 117 but delays are still being reported at this intersection on River Road in Essex.

    The District heating project in Montpelier continues to affect traffic. Later in the week, crews will return to State Street and Elm Street to complete customer connections. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

    Travelers can expect crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the work zones

    Paving on Route 100 in Waitsfield is almost done. But farther down Route 100 in Granville, drivers should expect rough surfaces and work on a box culvert that will reduce traffic to one lane and reduce the speed limit.

    Route 125 in Hancock has a bridge project that slows traffic to 15 mph.

    Route 14 in Hartford will be reduced to one lane for bridge repair. Expect delays in this work zone.

    Vermont 106 in Woodstock has bridge work that requires a portable traffic light and lane restrictions.

    Route 103 in Clarendon is being relocated and repaved as part of the Rutland Safety Area Project at the airport.

    Route 131 in Weathersfield has a paving project that requires one-way traffic and delays in and around this work zone.

    Two projects on Vermont Route 8 will affect traffic. A sign replacement project and the installation of a new box culvert will reduce traffic to one lane.

    That will do it for another week. Remember to slow down, put the cellphone down and focus on safety. Happy motoring.

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

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