June 10, 2019
On Saturday June 1st thousands of people were in Enosburg for the Vermont Dairy Festival. Meanwhile, 62 miles south, another festival was going on. A small community in the heart of Washington County comes together on the first Saturday in June to shake off the winter blues, welcome summer and of all things, black flies. The Adamant Black Fly Festival features lots of good eats, plenty of friends and neighbors and the famous Black Fly Pie Contest. Live music fillsthe air and lots of folks enjoy the revelry of the pie contest and the preparations for the Black Fly Costume Parade and Fashion Show.
This year the Agency of Transportation sent a large truck to be in the parade and host a “Touch A Truck” event forthe children. After the parade the little ones made a dash to the shiny orange truck. Green flies, black flies, bugs and buffalos, a ballerina princess and a red cardinal swarmed around the truck in anticipation of touching and playing. I saw thelook of wonder as we crouched down to look under the truck and then at the tires that were bigger than they were. When we all stood up the magic happened. Two little hands reached up and took mine leading me to their next question. The little bugs had no fear, just lots of questions. As each child sat in Bill the Driver’s seat, the make-believe took over while families took pictures. Thanks to Bill Franks and the North Montpelier Garage for a great event. “Let the children discover through play with real materials.” Kathi Apgar
I-89 Colchester - Between Exit 16 and 17 may be reduced to single lane during non-peak hours. Work hours are 7AMto 5PM.
I-89 South Barre/Berlin - Ledge removal project at Exit 6 northbound in Berlin will see one-lane traffic this week. Exit 6 will remain open until the closure in June. Expect slower speeds and delays this week.
I-91 In Rockingham, there is an ongoing bridge replacement project. Expect slower speed limits in this work zone so please plan accordingly.
Windsor County – Bethel Mountain Road in Rochester is closed due to flood damage.
Around the State
Brighton – VT 105 has a road resurfacing project. Two lane traffic this week.
Orleans Village Bridge - Barton Street, VT 58. Alternating one-lane traffic, slower speeds and changing traffic patterns will impact traffic this week. Expect delays.
Enosburg/Richford – VT 105/105A has a resurfacing project going on. Expect some delays.
North Hero/Grand Isle - US 2 at the drawbridge where traffic has been switched onto the temporary bridge. Speed limit set at 25 MPH. Cyclists and motorcycles use caution. Mariners can request drawbridge opening on channel 13 or at 802-372-4360.
Essex/Underhill – VT 15 has guardrail, ditching, and shoulder work going on this week. Alternating one-lane traffic. Expect some delays.
Essex, Jericho-Richmond - VT 117 has alternating one-lane traffic this week. Expect delays in this work zone.
Cabot/Danville – US 2 has more clean-up work this week. Slower speed limit (40mph) and alternating one-lane traffic will impact travel.
East Montpelier – VT 14 bridge project has clean-up work this week. Alternating one-lane traffic with slower speeds between 9AM and 3PM.
East Montpelier -US 2 has a box culvert installation project with alternating one-lane traffic.
Montpelier – Gallison Hill night paving this week. Barre Street will have milling and paving this week. Expect delays.
Waterbury/Stowe - VT 100 rehabilitation project has two-way traffic during the day and alternating one-lane traffic duringthe night requiring slower speeds in the work zones. Possible delays.
Waterbury - VT 2 Main Street reconstruction. Contractors are working on storm drains this week. Expect slower speeds and short delays in the work zone. Construction work in the Healy Court area this week. Specific information can be found at www.waterburyworks.com . Check for water shut off notices.
Bethel/Royalton - VT 107 and VT 110 have a road improvement project going on. Travelers should expect slower speeds and delays in these work zones.
Bristol – VT 116 has a bridge project with lane restrictions. Temporary signals are in place.
Middlebury/Starksboro – VT 116 awaiting final inspection.
Brandon/Goshen – VT 73 has a road improvement project going on. Travelers should expect alternating one-lane traffic and speed reductions. Expect some delays.
Rutland/Pittsford – US 7 and VT 3 will have a road improvement project going on. Work hours 7AM to 7PM Monday-Friday. Expect alternating one-lane traffic and delays.
Rockingham/Clarendon - VT 103 has a 42-mile road improvement project that will require a 40 mph speed limit during daytime work hours. Alternating one-lane traffic will impact traffic flow in this work zone.
Manchester – VT 7A, 30 and 11 all have road improvement projects. Daytime hours 6AM to 6PM. Nighttime hours 7PM to 6AM. Travelers should expect alternating one-lane traffic in multiple work zones. Expect delays.
Jamaica/ Winhall – VT 30 and VT 100 intersection. This paving project extends north from the Routes 30 and 100 intersection for 9 miles to the intersection of Route 11 in Winhall. Travelers should expect slower speed limits and alternating one-lane traffic. Expect delays.
Mount Holly – VT 155 has a roadway project with slower speeds and alternating one-lane traffic this week.