On The Road

 

On The Road

                                                                                                September 3, 2018

 

Every year I expect it to happen. Some years it occurs a little later than others but it happens. This year it was my turn on the third day of school. I was behind the school bus at the end of the day. Unlike a lot of people, it doesn’t bother me at all. It is a fact of life in every community in America so when it is your turn just relax. As the children debarked, the first thing I noticed was how full their backpacks were. These packs came out in every shape, size and color. Some of the children had to lean forward to balance the load. My favorite was the boy who came out spinning his pack over his head like a lariat. “Yee Haw! This day is done”!   I had to smile as I mused that all these kids carrying backpacks were kind of like Sherpas. This could be an expedition and the next person out would be Sir Edmond Hillary. Back to reality…there was one compact car that separated me from the big yellow school bus carrying the children. From the driver’s seat in my truck, I could observe the driver of the compact car in front of me. It was clear she had adjusted a phone holder so that she could text with her right hand and steer with her left. As we continued down the road, I watched her type and send messages occasionally looking up at the last second, avoiding a collision with the bus. School busses should command extra attention especially when they are unloading. Adjusting the in-cabin systems to allow you to break the law should invoke an extra penalty. On that day, sitting in traffic behind a school bus I witnessed the future of our state (and maybe our country) and at the same time I witnessed the potential for a tragedy. This has got to stop.

                                                                     

I-89 in Georgia will be affected by ledge work. More active paving between Montpelier and Waterbury for 10.7 miles. Night work between 7PM and 6AM in both northbound and southbound lanes. Paving of the northbound lanes will take place Monday through Thursday night. Speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph in the work zone.

I-91 Derby Line U.S. Customs Station on I-91. Motorists should expect traffic control, shifting lanes and delays. In Rockingham there is a bridge replacement project with median crossovers and lane closures. Both northbound and southbound lanes have speed and lane reductions. Work hours 5PM to 5AM. Crews are installing steel decking this week. An I-91paving project from the Massachusetts border to Guilford in both northbound and southbound lanes will delay traffic due to shifting lanes and slower speeds. Closure scheduled for exit ramps are as follows: Tuesday - 7PM to 6AM: Exit 3 southbound and northbound ramps. Wednesday – 7PM to 6AM:  Exit 1 ramps. Thursday – Exit 1 if not completed. Expect lane closures throughout the project limits for bridge joint work.

Road Closures

I-91 Exits 1 thru 3 northbound and southbound on/off ramps will need to be individually closed while they are working on them: Tuesday:  7PM to 6AM Exit 2 northbound and southbound ramps (weather permitting). Wednesday:  7PM to 6AM finish up Exit 2 then move to Exit 3 ramps (weather permitting).

Franklin County - VT 105A bridge closed.

Waterford – VT 18 closed August 10 at 6PM for 10 days.

Johnson - VT 100C closed August 18 at 7AM for 28 days.

Morristown - VT 15A will close for 17 days starting September 17.

Danville – Joe’s Brook Road closed. Seek alternate route.

Cabot - Danville Hill Road closed.

Bridport - Crown Point Road closed.

Cavendish - Depot Street Bridge is closed. Look for posted detours.

 

Around the State

Richford/ Enosburg – VT 105/105A will have alternating one-lane traffic this week. There is also a bridge closure on 105A requiring a detour.

Derby - Caswell Avenue bridge closed for bridge work. Signed detour in place. Expect one-lane closures from time to time on I-91.

Beecher Falls – the Bridge Street Bridge to N.H. is closed.

Swanton – US 7 paving and other roadwork. Drivers should expect lane closures and delays.

Waterford – VT 2 culvert replacement and related roadwork continues. Road is closed. Crews have been working around the clock since August 13.

North Hero/Grand Isle - US 2 at the drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic this week. The bridge will open for marine traffic at the top of the hour between 8AM and 8PM daily through October 15, 2018. The bridge will open for 30 minutes sometime between 6:30 and 8AM Monday mornings for greasing.

South Burlington – Williston - US 2 has drainage work going on.

Johnson -VT 100C is closed for 28 days starting August 18 at 7AM. Crews working on deep excavation and sub-footing this week.

Morristown - VT 15A near junction of VT 15 has a long-term roadway project causing delays. VT 15 will have sporadic one-lane traffic this week while the VT 15A bridge project gets new concrete decking that will affect traffic.  Motorists should plan for a road closure on VT 15A starting September 17. This closure will last for 21 days.

Danville – Joe’s Brook Road 1.6 miles from Barnet town line is closed. Seek alternate route.

Cabot – Danville Hill Road closed for construction. Local traffic only.

Colchester – US 7/2, 2A has an intersection improvement project going on. Two-lane travel until 8:30AM. After 8:30AM there will be one-lane travel weekdays as the contractor works in various sections of the project area.

Jericho - VT 15 has a road improvement project going on. Work on this project will be sporadic for the next month. Traffic signals are scheduled to arrive in mid-October.

Essex, Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has a road rehabilitation project. This week slower speeds and alternating one-lane travel will slow traffic again this week. Expect a rough surface in this work zone. Commuting motorists should seek alternate routes.  Traffic will be delayed especially during commuting hours. Drivers should expect delays in this work zone.

Danville - US 2 has a roadway reconstruction project going on. Motorists should expect slower traffic through multiple work zones. Motorists are advised that a traffic pattern change will be in effect at the temporary bridge, and the existing bridge will be closed. Expect alternating one-way traffic in the work zones. This week 35 mph speed limits in this work zone will cause delays.

Stowe – VT 100 South Main Street from Sylvan Park Road to River Road. Has a water main project causing delays between 9AM and 4PM Monday – Saturdays.

Waterbury Center - VT 100 has a major reconstruction project going on. Work hours 7PM to 6AM, Sunday night through Thursday night. Beware of road surface in this work zone. There are 8.1 miles of newly paved roadway as of today. There will be no milling this week. Expect delays, lane and speed reductions.

Middlesex - US 2 has an ongoing bridge replacement project over I-89. While the new bridge is open, motorists should expect work on bridge approach areas to cause delays. Expect single-lane traffic and delays.

Montpelier - VT 12 (Northfield Street) has multiple construction projects going on. Expect road closures and detours between Derby Drive and Freedom Drive this week. Traffic detour from 7AM to 7PM on Northfield Street this week. Northfield Street between Memorial Drive and Derby Drive will be open to two-way traffic with a slower speed limit.

East Montpelier - VT 14/US 2 intersection has a bridge replacement project that includes a temporary bridge.  This week crews will be pouring concrete into bridge deck joints. Expect a 25-mph speed limit and limited interruption to traffic in this work zone. No more closures are planned for the project.

Moretown - VT 100B has a bridge project with one lane and traffic signals.

Charlotte There will be no work on this project until further notice.

Weybridge – VT 17 motorists should expect minimal impact on traffic.

Middlebury - Most of the work will occur outside the roadway.

Middlebury/Starksboro - VT 116 has major roadwork going on.  Alternating one-lane traffic will cause delays in this work zone.

Brandon – US 7 will see more road reconstruction with delays and lane restrictions soon. Expect delays as construction continues. Speed restricted to 15 mph in the work zone.

Brandon – Goshen – VT 73 has a road improvement project with alternating one-lane traffic causing delays.

Rockingham - Clarendon - VT 103 has a road improvement project going on. Multiple work zones, slower speeds will affect traffic this week. Expect alternating one-lane traffic and reduced speeds causing delays. Motorists should add extra time to their travel plans.

Manchester – VT 7A, 30 and 11 all have paving projects going on. Daytime hours 6AM to 6PM. Nighttime hours 6PM to 6AM. Drivers expect alternating one-lane traffic.

Wallingford – VT 140 has erosion work going on. Alternating one-lane traffic and slower speed will affect travel this week.

Mount Holly – VT 155 has a culvert project with flaggers that will slow traffic. Expect delays.

Bennington - VT 9 and VT 7 have paving projects with lane closures and slower speeds. There will be milling on VT 9 and VT 7 this week. Expect delays.

Bennington – VT 67 and 67A has paving projects and installation of an at-grade rail crossing. The rail crossing on RT 67 in North Bennington will be replaced September 7 – 10. This will require a full closure during these dates.

Wilmington - VT 9 is reduced to one lane due to slope failure. There will be 14-foot lane restrictions in place until further notice. Expect delays.

Brattleboro – On VT 9 look for alternating one-lane traffic causing delays.

   

Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.curtis@vermont.gov Check out the On The Road page at http://vtrans.vermont.gov/on-the-road

Read On The Road Mondays in the following Newspapers and on their websites:

The Burlington Free Press, Times Argus, Rutland Herald, Brattleboro Reformer, Bennington Banner, Newport Dispatch and Newport Daily Express.

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