On The Road
August 13, 2018
Hippocrates said “Walking is man’s best medicine.” It would seem that hundreds of Vermonters and Vermont visitors agree. As for me, I am a “Back Road Walker.” Let me explain. Recently I took a drive to Adamant. I could have driven through but instead I parked my car outside the village, picked a direction and just started walking. It’s just a short stroll along Haggett Road past the United Methodist church. I passed the pristine flower gardens and rock walled waterfalls at the Adamant Music school. Then I stopped into the oldest Vermont Co-op for a visit. For those of you who have never been there, the Adamant Co-op is the heart of this village. It is a post office, a general store and library. There is always local produce or you can order groceries from a catalog that is shared by all (please return it within one day). In June the annual Blackfly Festival marks the end of winter with a parade and lots of activities. The village was originally known as Sodom (it was changed in 1905), a granite quarrying town. There is no true boundary to define the town so there is no legal, governmental or commercial designation assigned to residency. A stroll, a visit and the smell of the flowers blooming along on a dirt road. I think they’re right… “Adamant is a state of mind.”
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. Once northbound milling has been completed, crews will begin milling in the southbound lane started in the area of Exit 10 and progressing south toward Exit 8. Milling southbound will continue Sunday through Thursday night (8/12-8/16). One lane of travel will remain open during milling operations. In Middlesex lane reductions at the RT 2 overpass (both northbound and southbound lanes) will affect traffic.
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 while preparations are being made for setting girders. 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. Exits 1 thru 3 northbound and southbound on/off ramps will need to be individually closed while they are working on them. Motorists will follow an alternate route. The current closure schedule for the week beginning Sunday, August 12, 2018 is as follows: Monday & Tuesday - 7:00PM to 6:00AM; Tuesday & Wednesday – 7:00PM to 6:00AM; Thursday - 7:00PM to 6:00AM.
I-91 Exits 1 thru 3 northbound and southbound on/off ramps will need to be individually closed while they are working on them. Closures scheduled for the week beginning Sunday, August 12, 2018: Monday & Tuesday - 7:00PM to 6:00AM; Tuesday & Wednesday – 7:00PM to 6:00AM; Thursday - 7:00PM to 6:00AM.
Franklin County - VT 105A closed over the Missisquoi.
Waterford – VT 18 will close starting August 10 at 6PM for 10 days.
Johnson - VT 100c closed August 18 at 7AM for 28 days.
East Montpelier - VT 14 bridge will be closed starting August 14 through August 17.
Danville - Joes 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. Watch for first lift of paving this week, weather dependent.
Derby - Caswell Avenue bridge closed for repair. Signed detour in place. Crews will be placing steel beams over I-91 this week. Expect one-lane closures from time to time. Contractor will be pouring concrete 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.
Waterford – VT 2 culvert replacement and related roadwork continues. Road closure starts Friday, August 10 at 6PM.
North Hero/Grand Isle - US 2 at the drawbridge will reopen to two lanes of traffic this week.
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.
Johnson -VT100c will be closed for 28 days starting August 18 at 7AM.
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.
Danville – Joes Brook Road 1.6 miles from Barnet town line is closed. Seek alternate route.
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. Line striping this week so expect delays.
Essex, Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has a road rehabilitation project. This week slower speeds and alternating one-lane travel will slow 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. The temporary bridge is in use at this time. 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. 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.
East Montpelier - VT 14/US 2 intersection has a bridge replacement project that includes a temporary bridge. VT 14 at the bridge will close to traffic from August 14 until August 17.
Moretown - VT 100B has a bridge project with one lane and traffic signals.
Weybridge – VT 17 Plug joints on both end of the bridge will be the focus this week. Expect alternating one-lane traffic. Remember the bridge is open.
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 major roadwork going on. This week a culvert crossing will require a lane closure. 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 on Crown Point is closed until September 7, 2018.
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 - VT 9 and VT 7 have a paving project with lane closures and slower speeds. There will be milling on VT 9 and 7 this week. Expect delays.
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 VTrans crews will be removing overhead signs. Look for alternating one-lane traffic causing delays.
Bennington – VT 67 and 67A have roadwork projects with alternating one-lane traffic.
Remember: Don’t drive on “Automatic Pilot” and stay alert.
Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.firstname.lastname@example.org
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)