On the Road: A focus on remaining roadwork
Communities around the state are celebrating the fall with Oktoberfests, foot races and apple picking. The current stretch of good weather allows us to focus on the remaining projects around the state.
On Interstate 89 we have three bridge projects in Swanton, St. Albans and Milton that continue to cause single-lane traffic and speed reductions in work zones.
Ledge scaling continues in Montpelier at the exit 8 northbound on- and off-ramps. Only the northbound on ramp is closed. Drivers should plan an alternative route for approximately one month during this closure. Blasting is currently scheduled for today and Tuesday this week. There will be rolling roadblocks on I-89 once or twice each day when detonations occur. There is also minor paving work on I-89 south of exit 8 that will require lane closures midweek.
I-91 has a bridge project in Barton that will involve bridge painting. In Windsor a bridge project will cross southbound traffic into the northbound lane. More bridge work on I-91 in Brattleboro where a bridge reconstruction project between exits 2 and 3 will affect traffic with lane closures and speed reductions in the north and southbound lanes.
Route 16 in Barton at the I-91 exit 25 interchange will require lane closures and speed restrictions.
Route 108 in Cambridge has a paving project that will be wrapping up soon. A bridge replacement project on Route 108 is also nearly complete.
Work continues on a paving project on Route 128 between Westford and Essex. Thursday through Saturday, weather permitting, crews will begin preparing for a base coat of asphalt on Route 128. Motorists should expect a speed reduction in and around this work zone.
Paving will continue on Route 17 in Addison/New Haven today. Delays should be expected in and around this work zone.
The Richmond Park and Ride at exit 11 on I-89 has more excavation work within the Park and Ride this week. Today through Thursday crews will begin preparing for paving within the Park and Ride and along the widened area of Route 2. On Friday, weather permitting, crews will begin paving the prepared areas. Expect lane closures and alternating one-way traffic on Route 2.
Route 2 in Waterbury from Parro’s Gun Shop to Little River Road will have crews finishing the ledge removal along the roadway. Traffic will be reduced to alternating one-way traffic in and around the ledge removal area. Motorists should expect delays.
Montpelier will add a street closure to their list of work zones this week. Barre Street near the Berlin Veterinary Clinic will be closed to traffic for five to six weeks for a culvert replacement project. Work zones at Taylor, Elm and East State Streets will create one-lane traffic with reduced speeds. Check out www.montpelier-vt.org/ for more information.
Road construction on Route 100 in Granville is wrapping up this week
Paving will continue on Route 131 in Weathersfield. Crews will be around Downer’s Corners this week. Alternating one-way traffic should be expected.
As you can see, there is still a lot of work going on. Our foliage friends are still here and our roads are very busy. Let’s focus on safety, put the cellphones down and be careful out there. Happy Motoring.
Brent H. Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.