All the Latest From Brent Curtis
Each Monday during construction season, Brent Curtis can be heard on the Morning News Service with the latest information about construction projects throughout Vermont. Based on reports from VTrans project managers, resident engineers and a host of other sources, On The Road tells motorists what they need to know in order to pick the best route, avoid unnecessary delays or when to allow a little extra time.
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Latest Report - June 25, 2018
One of my favorite things to do in Vermont is to go berry picking. Take a drive, check in at the farm and off you go into the strawberry patch. It is a very simple and uncomplicated process that helps you get in touch with your “inner harvester.” Berry picking requires no special talent, just a taste for the berry and a summer afternoon. Strawberries are my favorite. But I must admit that I have a secret stash of wild blueberries and raspberries that I visit every year. While picking, it is quite possible that some of the fruit takes a detour to my mouth, but that is just part of the experience. If you’re taking time to pick some berries, why not bring along some cheese, a nice Sangria and some bread? Find a shady spot and before you know it, you have a little picnic. So what if the fruit doesn’t make it home. You now have a reason to go back before the end of the season. I happen to be a “shortcake” person: the biscuits, hot out of the oven, smothered with the berries and some homemade whipped cream (extra vanilla please). There is a cool little site that gives destinations, directions and seasons for berry picking in Vermont. You can find it at https://www.findandgoseek.net/category/berry-picking . “I love berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, anything with an 'errie' in it.” Jordin Sparks.
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. A paving project between Exits 8 and 10 will start in early July. Night work between 7PM and 6AM will still have an impact on traffic.
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 Sunday twice southbound then twice 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. 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.
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 US 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 have alternating one lane traffic this 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.
Colchester US 7/2 will have alternating one lane traffic this week. Expect delays.
Jericho - VT 15 has a road widening project with 11-foot width restrictions when two-way traffic is allowed. Look for new concrete apron this week. Expect alternating one-lane traffic and delays.
Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has a road rehabilitation project starting this week. Expect slower speeds and alternating one-lane traffic. Commuting motorists should seek alternate routes. Traffic will be delayed during commuting hours.
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.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.
Middlesex - US 2 has an ongoing bridge replacement project over I-89. Demolition of the old bridge begins 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 traffic sign 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. Monday crews will be setting forms for the decking.
Middlebury - Bridge and Rail project will be blasting Monday - Friday. This will require traffic stoppage for up to 5 minutes. Traffic on RT 30 and Merchants Row will be affected.
Middlebury/Starksboro - VT 116 has more paving this week. Look for alternating one-lane traffic and slower speeds. Shoulder work between VT 125 and Airport Road this week. 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 VT 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.firstname.lastname@example.org