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 - November 5, 2018

Experienced shoppers know the weeks that leading up to Thanksgiving are loaded with what I call “Super Sales.” Everything from fleece to flannel and socks to snowboards go on sale in factories around Vermont. I think the shoppers are as interesting as the sales. One Super Sale Saturday, as I shopped around in several factories, I watched different groups of Super Shoppers hunting for deals (read: shopping). One after another these groups quietly entered the factories exchanging looks and pointed out specific areas. I noticed they all seemed to strategically position their respective groups so that they could get the best view of the merchandise areas. To me it looked like they were positioning themselves for the attack. It was almost like I was on safari watching a pride of lions on the hunt in Africa. The factories were their Serengeti, in the dry season, and the bins of products were herds of wildebeests. Suddenly, without warning it was on. They peeled off from the pride (the group) and with surgical precision they went for the hapless products. Gloves - 2 pair -  3 scarfs, color coordinated tops and bottoms in three colors and as many sizes. Then off to the big discount table. WOW!  A straight shot to the 2XL display with a reverse arm reach onto the dollar-a-pair pile. Some in the group just grab everything then cull the pile back at the sorting table. Occasionally a Super Shopper would grab a product in the hands of another and the product would fly into the air or drop to the floor as the Super Shoppers refocused their attention on other items in the bin, leaving the droppings to someone else.  Suddenly it was over as fast as it began. The pride, I mean the group, carried off their items like trophies as they quietly slipped into the back-ground. For me Super Sale days are more like a high-end safari that starts with a leisurely brunch, with friends or family, a trip to the jungles (factories) where I pick up some items and then go back to base camp (a restaurant) for happy hour and dinner.  We sit around the table and recount the day’s excitement, figure out our “bag limit” for the next day and check how much ammunition we have left on our credit cards for the next shopping safari. The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.  ~Mad Magazine

Interstates

I-89 at the Winooski River Bridge will have crews working on various projects through November 2, 2018. More work between Montpelier and Waterbury this week. Night work between 7PM and 6AM in both northbound and southbound lanes. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph in the work zone.

I-91 In Rockingham there is a bridge replacement project. Work hours 5PM – 5AM, Monday – Thursday and daytime work Monday - Friday. Both northbound and southbound lanes have speed and lane reductions.

Road Closures
Franklin County - VT 105A bridge closed until the end of May 2019

Cavendish - Depot Street Bridge is closed. Look for posted detours

Around the State

Derby - US 5 has a paving and bridge maintenance project starting on October 1. Work will be done on both northbound and southbound lanes on Bridge 178 on US 5.

Swanton – US 7 paving and other roadwork. Drivers should expect lane closures and delays.

North Hero/Grand Isle - US 2 at the drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic. The bridge will open for marine traffic at the top of the hour between 8AM and 8PM daily through October 15, 2018. At 8:30AM Monday mornings the bridge will open for greasing. The seasonal hourly bridge openings will end October 15.

Cabot/Danville – On US 2 a slower speed limit will affect traffic. Watch for the 40-mph speed limit and alternating one-lane traffic this week.

Jericho - VT 15 has a road improvement project wrapping up. Crews were onsite installing the signal cabinet and getting the power service hooked up with GMP earlier this week. Installation of the mast arms and new traffic signal is scheduled to begin mid-week next week (Tues-Wed).

Essex, Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has that road rehabilitation project going on. Slower speeds and alternating one-lane travel should be expected. Motorists should seek alternate routes.  Traffic will be delayed especially during commuting hours. Drivers should expect delays throughout this work zone.

Waterbury Center - VT 100 has a major reconstruction project going on. Work hours 7PM to 6AM, Sunday night through Thursday night. Guardrail work and ditching will create alternating one-lane traffic.

Montpelier - VT 12 (Northfield Street) is finishing up a road improvement project. Limited impact on traffic.

East Montpelier - VT 14/US 2 intersection has a bridge project wrapping up soon. The new bridge is expected to open sometime between November 5 and 9 this week. Pavement markings, traffic signs and removal of the temporary bridge are on the schedule this week.

Middlebury/Starksboro - VT 116 has some more finish work this week. Alternating one-lane traffic will be in place in this work zone. Weather permitting, more paving with be done this week.

Middlebury – Bridge and Rail Project reports the completion of some paving on Route 30 (Main Street) last week. The footbridge over the Otter Creek will be closed for paving either Monday or Tuesday this week.

Middlebury –A Bridge and Rail project is ongoing. Merchants Row will be closed to through traffic at the temporary bridge on the morning of Monday, October 29 while the contractor paves the road over a newly dug 8-foot deep trench for a conduit which will house overhead wires that would be in the way of cranes needed for construction of the tunnel in 2020.

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.

Brandon/Goshen – VT 73 has a road improvement project with alternating one-lane traffic and slower speed limits causing delays again this week.

Rockingham/Clarendon - VT 103 has a road improvement project going on. Multiple work zones, slower speeds will affect traffic this week. Contractor will begin preparation for winter shut down this week.

Manchester – VT 7A, 30 and 11 all have paving projects going on. Daytime hours 6AM to 6PM. Nighttime hours 6PM to 6AM. Look for paving this week (weather dependent).  Drivers should expect alternating one-lane traffic.

Jamaica/Winhall - VT 30 has a road reclaim and paving project going on. This is a 9-mile project from Jamaica to the intersection of VT 11 in Winhall. Look for alternating one-lane traffic again this week. The contractor is preparing for winter shut down in mid-November.

Wallingford – VT 140 has erosion work going on. Alternating one-lane traffic and slower speed will affect travel again this week.

Mount Holly – VT 155 has a culvert project going on. A temporary traffic signal is in place. Saturday work from 7AM until noon. Expect delays. There is a temporary work zone speed limit of 40 mph through the project site.

Bennington - VT 9 and VT 7 are finishing up a paving project.  There will be some paving this week. Expect short delays.

Brattleboro –VT 9 has more concrete foundation work this week. Motorists should expect alternating one-lane traffic and some delays.

Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation.Brent.curtis@vermont.gov Check out the On The Road page at http://vtrans.vermont.gov/on-the-road