On The Road
I have noticed a lot of RVs on the interstate lately. I clearly have not been paying attention to the latest developments. A few years ago, I went to a NASCAR race with friends in their “Mallard” class C and it was a lot of fun. But it seems to me that RVs have taken on a whole new persona. There are so many different sizes, styles, designs and all with options galore. It wasn’t that long ago I compared RVs to Conestoga wagons. Families pack up their belongings and headed out to the new frontier. But now some of the RVs are like mobile Town Houses. So many people with the motto “Home Is Where You Park It.” Vermont is a perfect destination for camping of all kinds. No matter whether you pitch a tent or hook up and slide out, Vermont State Parks have an experience for you. Go to https://www.vermontvacation.com/landing-pages/places-to-stay/campgrounds-and-rv-parks. I wonder how Coco Chanel would have responded to “Camping Hair, Don’t Care.”
I-89 in Georgia has an ongoing culvert replacement project with lane and speed reductions during morning and afternoon commuting hours. Crews will work both day and night shifts on this project. One lane closed northbound between Exits 12 and 13. South Burlington has a culvert project that will be conducted day and night. Drivers should expect lane restrictions, speed reductions and some delays. Southbound I-89 between Exits 20 and 19 has shoulder reconstruction work going on. Multiple guardrail work projects between Exits 12 and 14 (northbound) between Williston and South Burlington will affect traffic this week. The US 2 overpass project will cause lane and speed reductions northbound and southbound in Middlesex.
Derby Line U.S. Customs Station on I-91. Motorists should expect traffic control, shifting lanes and delays. I-91 in Ryegate has a ledge stabilization going on. Traffic reduced to one lane through this project. In Rockingham there is a bridge replacement project with median crossovers and lane closures. Rolling roadblocks this week Monday thru Friday starting at 8AM and 11AM southbound then 10AM and 2PM northbound. The delays for these roadblocks could be 30 minutes. Expect delays during these time frames.
Around the State
Richford - VT 105A at Canadian Border will be closed starting Monday, June 5. Look for detour signs. Completion date is October 26, 2018.
Derby - Caswell Avenue bridge closed for repair. Detour in place.
Beecher Falls – the Bridge Street Bridge to N.H. is closed.
St. Albans - US 7 and VT 36 have a paving project going on. Expect lane closures and delays.
North Hero/Grand Isle - Drawbridge will open at the top of the hour from 8AM to 8PM through October 15, 2018.
South Burlington – Williston RT 2 has drainage work going on. Slower speeds but two lanes open this week.
Morristown - VT 15A near junction of VT 15 has a long-term roadway project causing delays. VT 15A work zone will create delays every day next week. Work hours may extend beyond 4:30PM. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes this week.
Hardwick to Walden, then Walden to Danville VT 15. Expect alternating one-lane traffic, slower speeds and delays for this roadway project.
Johnson - VT 100C has a bridge replacement project that closed the bridge on May 12 for approximately 6 weeks. Motorists should follow posted detour.
Jericho - VT 15 has a road widening project with 11-foot width restrictions when two-way traffic is allowed. Expect delays.
Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has a road rehabilitation project starting this week. Expect slower speeds and alternating one-lane traffic.
South Burlington/Williston – No work on this project until July 2.
Cabot/Danville - US 2 has a roadway reconstruction project going on. Motorists should expect slower traffic through multiple work zones with short delays. Late week traffic pattern change should be expected this week. A 40-mph speed limit in this work zone will cause delays.
Town of Cabot – Danville Hill Road has road construction going on. The road is closed to through traffic.
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. Expect long delays, lane and speed reductions. As of June 15, 3 miles of paving has been completed.
Middlesex - US 2 has an ongoing bridge replacement project over I-89. The project is in the final stages. The contractor will be paving the bridge deck this week. Drivers should expect longer delays due to alternating one-lane traffic, slower speed limits and flaggers.
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 sidewalk work this week. Look for changing traffic patterns.
Groton - Minard Hill Road will be closed for 10 days starting June 18. Motorists should follow detour signs.
East Montpelier - VT 14/US 2 intersection has a bridge replacement project that includes a temporary bridge. Alternating one-lane traffic will cause delays this week.
Moretown - VT 100B has a bridge project with one lane and traffic signals.
Weybridge - VT 17 over Otter Creek is closed. Work will go on seven days a week until completed.
Middlebury - Bridge and Rail project will be blasting Monday - Friday. This will require traffic stoppage for up to 5 minutes.
Middlebury/Bristol - VT 116 has more paving this week. Look for alternating one-lane traffic and slower speeds. Expect delays.
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.
Wallingford RT 140 – Slope project will require alternating one-lane traffic which will cause delays.
Rockingham - VT 103 has a 42-mile road improvement project going on. Multiple work zones, slower speeds will affect traffic this week. Expect lane reductions, alternating one-lane traffic causing delays.
Bennington/Wilmington - VT 9 has a 16-mile-long paving project with lane closures, alternating one-lane traffic and slower speeds are causing delays.
Wilmington - VT 9 is reduced to one lane due to slope failure. Expect delays.
Remember: Don’t drive on “Automatic Pilot” and stay alert.
Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.email@example.com
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.
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)