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 - August 27, 2018

I was driving down our beautiful I-91corridor when it happened. Out of nowhere, without warning, there it was staring at me almost waving and taunting me to look at it. It was a sugar maple starting to turn colors. “It’s still August” I groaned as I drove by. Once I got over that end of summer, sinking feeling I starting thinking about the seasons. I find it interesting how people in the north country seem to know when they are ready for a seasonal shift. It’s like there is an internal clock that starts ticking, then it gets louder until – boom - there it is - mind memo: time for another season. It made me wonder if there are designated months for each season. Sure, enough meteorologists tell us that each season is a three-month stretch. Summer is June, July and August. Autumn would be September, October and November. Then winter, December, January and February. That leaves spring, March, April and May. But for me on a warm summer day with a blue sky, bright sun and cool breeze I preferred the Joni Mitchell’s explanation: “And the seasons they go round and round, and the painted ponies go up and down. We’re captive on the carousel of time. We can't return we can only look behind from where we came, and go round and round and round in the circle game.”

I-89

I-89 in Georgia will be affected by ledge work.

More active paving between Montpelier and Waterbury for 10.7 miles. Night work between 7PM and 6AM in both northbound and southbound lanes. Paving of the northbound lanes will take place Monday through Thursday night. Crews will be off of the roadway on Friday morning, 8/31 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

I-91

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. Work hours 5PM to 5AM. Crews are installing steel decking this week.

An I-91 paving project from the Massachusetts border to Guilford in both northbound and southbound lanes will delay traffic due to shifting lanes and slower speeds. Thursday daytime: Lane closures both northbound and southbound in the high-speed lane throughout the project limits for shoulder work.

Road Closures

I-91 Exits 1 thru 3 northbound and southbound on/off ramps will need to be individually closed while they are working on them: Tuesday:  7PM to 6AM Exit 2 northbound and southbound ramps (weather permitting). Wednesday:  7PM to 6AM finish up Exit 2 then move to Exit 3 ramps (weather permitting).

Franklin County - VT 105A bridge closed.

Waterford – VT 18 closed August 10 at 6PM for 10 days.

Johnson - VT 100C closed August 18 at 7AM for 28 days.

Danville – Joe’s 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. There is also a bridge closure on 105A requiring a detour.

Derby - Caswell Avenue bridge closed for bridge work. Signed detour in place. Expect one-lane closures from time to time on I-91. The contractor will be pouring the second layer of 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 is closed. Crews have been working around the clock since 8/13.

North Hero/Grand Isle - US 2 at the drawbridge is open to two lanes of traffic this week. The bridge will open for marine traffic at the top of the hour between 8AM and 8PM daily through October 15, 2018. The bridge will open for 30 minutes sometime between 6:30 and 8AM Monday mornings for greasing.

South Burlington – Williston - US 2 has drainage work going on.

Johnson -VT 100C is closed for 28 days starting August 18 at 7AM. Crews working on deep excavation and sub-footing this week.

Morristown - VT 15A near junction of VT 15 has a long-term roadway project causing delays. VT 15 will have sporadic one-lane traffic this week while the VT 15A bridge project gets new concrete decking that will affect traffic. 

DanvilleJoe’s Brook Road 1.6 miles from Barnet town line is closed. Seek alternate route.

Cabot – Danville Hill Road closed for construction. Local traffic only.

Colchester – US 7/2, 2A has an intersection improvement project going on. Two-lane travel until 8:30AM. After 8:30AM there will be one-lane travel weekdays as the contractor works in various sections of the project area.

Jericho - VT 15 has a road improvement project going on. Work on this project will be sporadic for the next month. Traffic signals are scheduled to arrive in mid-October.

Essex, Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has a road rehabilitation project. This week slower speeds and alternating one-lane travel will slow traffic again this week. Expect a rough surface in this work zone. Commuting motorists should seek alternate routes.  Traffic will be delayed especially during commuting hours. Drivers should expect delays in this work zone.

Cabot/Danville - US 2 has a roadway reconstruction project going on. Motorists should expect slower traffic through multiple work zones. Motorists are advised that a traffic pattern change will be in effect at the temporary bridge, and the existing bridge will be closed. Expect alternating one-way traffic in the work zones. This week 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 motorists should expect work on bridge approach areas to cause delays. Expect single-lane traffic and 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. Crews will be off of the roadway by noon on Friday, 8/31 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

East Montpelier - VT 14/US 2 intersection has a bridge replacement project that includes a temporary bridge. Expect a 25-mph speed limit in the work zone.

Moretown - VT 100B has a bridge project with one lane and traffic signals.

Charlotte US 7 has miscellaneous work going on this week. Look for delays due to alternating one-lane traffic.

WeybridgeVT 17 motorists should expect minimal impact on traffic.

Middlebury - Most of the work will occur outside the roadway.

Middlebury/Starksboro - VT 116 has major roadwork going on.  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.

Brandon – Goshen – VT 73 has a road improvement project with alternating one-lane traffic causing delays.

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. Motorists should add extra time to their travel plans.

Wallingford – VT 140 has erosion work going on. Alternating one-lane traffic and slower speed will affect travel this week. Crews will be off of the roadway by noon on Friday, 8/31 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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. Crews will be off of the roadway by noon on Friday, 8/31 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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 Look for alternating one-lane traffic causing delays.

BenningtonVT 67 and 67A have roadwork projects with alternating one-lane traffic.

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