Field days, county fairs and other outdoor events will attract people to all corners of our state. Tour buses, automobiles and bicycles will transport visitors and Vermonters over our roads during the dog days of August. Meanwhile road construction continues as contractors use every moment of good weather to complete road projects on time.
Orange signs, cones and flaggers in reflective clothing are visible in the work zones. Bridge projects, paving and culvert replacement are the focus of this week’s report.
Interstate 89 in Milton is undergoing bridge work that will reduce speeds. Paving on I-89 between Richmond and Colchester continues between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. through Thursday. Expect reduced speeds in this area. A paving project between Berlin and Brookfield will also cause delays.
Interstate 91 projects include preparation for final paving in the north and southbound lanes between St. Johnsbury and Lyndon (Exit 23 and Exit 21). Paving in the north and southbound lanes from Fairlee to Newbury will reduce traffic to one lane with speed restrictions. In Windsor, a bridge project directs northbound traffic into the southbound lane with a reduced speed limit. In Brattleboro, a second bridge project between Exit 2 and Exit 3 relocates northbound traffic to the southbound bridge. Drivers should expect delays during commuting hours.
Route 2 has several projects in the Waterbury area. Between Waterbury and Bolton alternating one-lane traffic is in place for a paving project. Drivers should expect delays and should drive slowly and cautiously through this work zone. The intersection of Route 2 and Route 100 in Waterbury will have a new traffic pattern for a roundabout project. Motorists must follow signs and flaggers in this work zone. West of the intersection, on Route 2, crews will be installing new water lines.
A paving project continues on Route 2 in East Montpelier and Plainfield as well.
Route 108 in Enosburg will continue to have paving and drainage work done.
Route 5 in Coventry and Route 14 in Irasburg will continue their paving projects.
Route 15 in Hyde Park gets a box culvert installation that will slow traffic.
Route 2 from Burlington to South Burlington features road construction. Work hours are from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday.
Route 12 between Elmore and Morristown will have one-way traffic as the result of a paving project.
Route 5 between Lyndon and St. Johnsbury prepares for a final paving run which should last about three weeks. Delays should be expected in this work zone. Alternating one-way traffic will slow vehicles in this work zone.
Route 14 in Barre Town will maintain a reduced speed limit around a culvert replacement in Jockey Hollow.
Route 107 from Stockbridge to Bethel will continue with a paving project that leaves a loose gravel surface which can damage windshields and tires if a vehicle is traveling too fast.
Route 73 in Rochester has multiple bridge projects underway in August. Drivers should expect road closures and one-way traffic. Details on these and many other projects can be found at 511vt.com.
Route 5 in Hartland has two separate bridge projects underway including the closure of Bridge # 62A over the New England Central Railroad until Saturday.
Culvert replacement begins today on Route 4 in Hartford. Drivers will find single-lane traffic at times during daytime work hours.
In Rutland on South Main Street a long-term lane closure/re-configuration will continue onto Washington Street for the installation of sanitary sewer and stormwater structures. This means there will be daytime and nighttime crews along South Main Street.
Route 5 in Putney and Route 123 in Westminster will see more paving.
Route 100 in Wilmington has bridge projects starting on Bridges # 34 and# 35. Some lane closures are possible.
Remember to put the phone down in a work zone and focus on safety. Safe travels, everyone.
Brent H. Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
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