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Colchester Exit 17 Project

Colchester Exit 17

Construction Update

DATE: Friday, July 19, 2024

TRAFFIC IMPACT AND DURATION: From Monday, July 22, through Friday, July 26, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., there will be alternating one-way traffic on U.S. Route 7 (U.S. 7), controlled by flaggers, between the Shell Gas Station and Wiley Road.

Throughout the week, Interstate 89 (I-89) will be reduced to a single lane in both directions near Exit 17. The single-lane closures will occur during off-peak hours: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on I-89 northbound and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on I-89 southbound.

Work is scheduled along U.S. Route 2 (U.S. 2) near the Exit 17 southbound off-ramp outside the roadway with no anticipated traffic impacts.

Motorists are advised to slow down, use caution, and expect minor delays while traveling through the work zone.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES:  Crews will install drainage infrastructure and culverts along the west side of U.S. 7, between the Shell Gas Station and Wiley Road.

A crane will be delivered and set up by crews in the area adjacent to the I-89 northbound lanes and off-ramp. Barriers will be erected along both sides of I-89 and the median strip near Exit 17. Crews will work to construct the new I-89 southbound deceleration lane.

Crews will continue to work outside the roadway to widen U.S. 2 to the west of the bridge over I-89, near the future Exit 17 southbound on and off ramps.

Project Overview

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is improving the interchange at Interstate 89 (I-89) Exit 17 and the Chimney Corner intersection of U.S. Route 2 (U.S. 2) and U.S. Route 7 (U.S. 7) to enhance safety and mobility in Colchester, Vermont. Key project elements include:

  • Replacing aging and deteriorating infrastructure through the full replacement of the existing U.S. 2 bridge over Interstate 89 (I-89).
  • Extending the deceleration lane of the I-89 northbound off-ramp.
  • Reconstructing the I-89 southbound off-ramp to make space for a new I-89 southbound on-ramp for U.S. 2 westbound.
  • Eliminating the left-turn conflict point for westbound vehicles accessing I-89 southbound and reducing queuing and backups on U.S. 2 with a new I-89 southbound on-ramp.
  • Improving the intersection of the I-89 northbound off-ramp at U.S. 2, including adding a U.S. 2 eastbound left-turn-only lane to increase capacity and reduce queuing and backups on the interstate.
  • Widening the roadway to accommodate additional turning lanes on U.S. 2 eastbound and U.S. 7 northbound, to address queuing and delays at the U.S. 2 and U.S. 7 intersection.

Project Area

The project area includes the segment of U.S. 2 beginning just east of Jasper Mine Road and extending just under a half mile east to its intersection with U.S. 7 at Chimney Corners and the segment of U.S. 7 beginning just south of the Shell gas station/Simon’s Chimney Corner Store and extending just over a half mile north to its intersection with Wiley Road. The Exit 17 interstate ramps and the portion of I-89 bound by them.

Project Quick Facts

Contract Award: February 22, 2024

Target Construction Schedule: Spring 2024 – Summer 2026

Projected Completion: Summer 2026

Project Designer: VHB

Project Contractor: Kubricky-Jointa Lime LLC

Estimated Project Cost: $31,760,442.50

Funding: 100% federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Programs

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