• Bridge plans to be reviewed
     | July 10,2014

    EAST MONTPELIER — Following a packed recent public meeting on plans for the replacement of the bridge at VT Route 14/US Route 2, the state’s team is reviewing alternatives, taking the public’s concern about a complete closure of the bridge under consideration.

    A recent email sent from Jill Barrett, the outreach coordinator for the project being planned by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, said the state’s bridge team is going back to look at alternatives.

    “A lot of concern was expressed about impacts, especially to businsses, resulting from a 75-day closure of the bridge,” stated Barrett. “VTrans project staff heard you and has gone back to the drawing board to explore other construction options.”

    Barrett’s update to those who signed in at a recent meeting at U-32 and left their email addresses, stated, “While we do not have any firm plans to bring back to you yet, we are looking at other construction methods that may reduce the amount of time the bridge may be closed.”

    “We hope to have new plans to share with you by late August/early September,” Barrett stated. “So stay tuned.”

    In the minutes of a recent meeting of the town’s Select Board, town administrator Bruce Johnson noted an update on the project, stating, “It appears that VTrans’ current plan is to build the bridge on site, in the slot planned for the temporary bridge (Plante property); bridge will then be slid into place. This will lead to a shorter closure period, perhaps as little as 30-40 days,” he updated the board. “The likely timing will be in late summer/early fall to avoid worst of business disruptions.”

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