On the Road: Weather makes working easierSeptember 09,2013
The weather has been cooperating for the most part and projects continue to make progress around the state.
Starting on Interstate 89 in Swanton, St. Albans, and Milton there are three bridge projects and a ledge scaling project at the Exit 8 northbound on and off ramps, all of which will impact traffic this week.
Three work zones on Interstate 91 will also affect traffic this week. Paving projects in Newbury and St. Johnsbury will cause lane closures and speed reductions. Expect delays during commuting hours in each of these work zones. I-91 in Windsor has a bridge project that will cross southbound traffic into the northbound lane. In Brattleboro, both northbound and southbound traffic on I-91 will be affected by several paving projects. Drivers will encounter lane restrictions and speed reductions in all work zones. Motorists should plan on delays during the commuting hours.
Now for the rest of the state, we begin in the northwest corner. Route 78 in Swanton will have road construction that will lower the speed limit to 25 mph with concrete barriers in this work zone.
Between Montgomery and Westfield, Route 242 road construction requires a lane closure and a speed reduction. Delays have been reported in this work zone.
A paving project on Route 108 begins in Cambridge and extends into Bakersfield. A bridge replacement project on Route 108, near the new roundabout, is causing delays during morning and afternoon commuting hours.
Route 14 in Craftsbury is reduced to one lane for a construction project. Minor delays have been reported in this work zone.
Two projects are affecting traffic in Essex. Route 128 between Westford and Essex is being paved. This has caused some traffic backup during commuting hours. Meanwhile, installation of a traffic light and a left turn lane continues on Route 117 near Sand Hill Road.
The Richmond Park & Ride will see some earth work this week. Barrels will be placed in the parking area facing Route 2, closing off approximately 20 to 25 parking spaces for about a month.
Route 2 in Waterbury has a paving project going on. Some delays should be expected in this work zone.
Montpelier has multiple work zones during the ongoing district heat project in the capital. Streets directly affected include Taylor, Elm and East State streets. Upper Berlin Street also has some paving work going on that will slow traffic. Check out www.montpelier-vt.org/ for more information.
Route 100 from Waitsfield to Granville has multiple work zones that create single lane traffic signals and some delays.
Route 131 in Weathersfield has a paving project that involves lane reduction causing delays.
Vermont Route 8 has two projects in Searsburg affecting traffic. A sign replacement project and the installation of a new box culvert will reduce traffic to one lane.
Remember to put the cellphone down and focus on safety.
Brent H. Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
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