On The Road

 

On The Road

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         August 6, 2018

 

 

This weekend I had the opportunity to attend the annual Vermont Breakfast on the Farm event with my family. This one was hosted by the Kayhart Brothers in West Addison. Now this is an idea that is nothing short of genius. Somebody figured out that they would send out an open invitation for people to come to a Vermont farm where they will be surrounded by bucolic green meadows, corn fields, barns, tractors and cows. Then, throw in a great breakfast for free and people might just want to come and look around.  If that isn’t enough, everybody gets to tour the farm. Actually see firsthand what it takes to bring fresh dairy to our tables. Getting up close and personal with cows, calves and tractors was enough to put smiles on the faces of a lot of children and adults. More than two thousand visitors got to meet the farmers and the cows that make our dairy products. I know because I heard parents and grandparents explaining that to the children. This is an event for young and old alike. A beautiful drive to any farm in Vermont on a summer morning. A delicious breakfast of pancakes with syrup, sausage, yogurt, cheese, milk and coffee followed by a tour of the farm – priceless. A big thank you to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets and the Kayhart family. It was a great way to spend my birthday. For more information, visit www.VermontBreakfastonTheFarm.com.

 

         

I-89 in Georgia will be affected by rolling roadblocks northbound between 9AM and 4PM for the next couple of weeks. Hand scaling in the ledge area will require repelling the cliff face. Paving project between Montpelier and Waterbury for 10.7 miles. Night work between 7PM and 6AM in both northbound and southbound lanes, on/off ramps and U-turns. Crews will be in the southbound lane in Waterbury. Reduced speed limit in the work zone. Berm removal in the southbound lane then over to the northbound lane. Slower speeds will delay traffic in this work zone. Lane reductions at the RT 2 overpass both northbound and southbound lanes.

 

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.  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.

 

Road Closures

 

East Montpelier - VT 14 bridge will be closed starting August 8 through August 10.  A second closure is planned for the week of 8/13.

Wallingford – VT 140 is closed.

Waterford – VT 18 will close starting August 10 at 6PM.

Cabot - Danville Hill 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. Slope stabilization and guardrail work will slow traffic in this work zone. Watch for first lift of paving on Wednesday, August 8, weather dependent.

Derby - Caswell Avenue bridge closed for repair. Signed detour in place. Crews will be placing steel beams over I-91 this week.

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.

North Hero/Grand Isle - US 2 at the drawbridge is reduced to one-lane two-way traffic.

The bridge will open at the top of the hour from 8AM to 8PM through October 15, 2018.

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

Stowe – VT 108 has a paving job that has wrapped up on schedule.

Morristown - VT 15A near junction of VT 15 has a long-term roadway project causing delays. Drivers should expect one travel lane during work hours. Work hours may extend beyond 4:30PM. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes this week.

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

Charlotte - US 7 will see the contractor returning to complete various work on the project. Shoulder work will cause minor delays.

Colchester - US 7/2 and 2A will have alternating one-lane traffic this week. Slow and rough travel should be expected again this week. Motorists are encouraged to get through the work area as early as possible. Expect long delays during commuting hours.

Jericho - VT 15 has a road improvement project affecting traffic again this week. Note there will be no lane closures from 7AM to 8AM and from 4PM to 6PM Monday – Friday. Expect delays.

Essex, Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has a road rehabilitation project. Expect slower speeds and alternating one-lane traffic. Expect a rough surface. Commuting motorists should seek alternate routes.  Traffic will be delayed especially during commuting hours. Drivers should watch for rough roadway surfaces.

Charlotte/Ferrisburgh – US 7 has slope remediation going on. Expect delays.

Cabot/Danville - US 2 has a roadway reconstruction project going on. Motorists should expect slower traffic through multiple work zones. Expect alternating one-way traffic in the work zones. 35 mph speed limits in this work zone will cause delays.

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. Traffic pattern will change at the temporary bridge. Expect delays, lane and speed reductions.

Middlesex - US 2 has an ongoing bridge replacement project over I-89. While the new bridge is open, demolition of the old bridge is underway. Expect 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. Elm Street will get traffic sign work this week. Look for changing traffic patterns. Work on Elm, Main and State Streets continues.

East Montpelier - VT 14/US 2 intersection has a bridge replacement project that includes a temporary bridge. VT 14 will close to traffic from August 8 until August 10.

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

Middlebury - Bridge and Rail project will not be blasting this week. Most of the work will occur outside the roadway.

Middlebury/Starksboro - VT 116 has cold planing between E. Middlebury and Bristol this week. Roadwork will slow traffic this week. Asphalt curb installation on Stoney Hill this week. 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.

Bridport – Crown Point Road at intersection of Crown Point and Basin Harbor Roads west.

Wallingford - VT 140 – Closed. This is an Irene-related project involving slope work and full-depth reconstruction on 500 feet of roadway. Motorists should look for posted detours.

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. Work hours 7AM to 8PM Monday – Saturday.

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

Bennington/Wilmington - VT 9 has a 16-mile-long paving project with lane closures and slower speeds. Short delays. Please note there will be temporary parking restrictions each day.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

             

 

 

 

 

Remember: Don’t drive on “Automatic Pilot” and stay alert.

Safe Travels!

 

 Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.curtis@vermont.gov

 

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.

Where To Hear VTrans On The Road between 5:50 and 8:15 AM every Monday morning.

5:50AM WXXH 105.5FM (Northeast Kingdom)
6:20AM WSTJ 1340AM (Northeast Kingdom)
6:20AM WVMT 660AM (Colchester North)
6:50AM WLVB 93.9FM (Lamoille, Caledonia, Washington Counties)
7:15AM WTSA 96.7FM 1450AM (Brattleboro North)
7:25AM WSYB 1380AM 100.1FM (Rutland County)
7:35AM WVNR 1340AM (Rutland South)
7:35AM WNYV 94.1FM (New York)
7:50AM WDEV 550AM/FM (Eastern Vermont)