BRATTLEBORO -- Route 30 will be closed for up to a six-day period in late March or early April. The actual closure dates will be released a minimum of 72 hours in advance after the team is able to confirm forecasted weather conditions are acceptable for work to proceed. Once the closure begins, no through traffic will be permitted on Route 30 through the Interstate 91 right-of-way. Project managers will try to avoid a weekend closure for Route 30.
Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently both day and night, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone. The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Spring of 2016.
No project impacts to Upper Dummerston Road are anticipated the week starting March 17.
Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.
Weather permitting, night work on the highway will be conducted Sunday, March 16, through Friday, March 21.
The West River Trail is closed at the Marina Trailhead and through access will not be permitted from the north. Truck activity on the West River Trail will be increasing heavily in the spring and summer. For everyone's safety, recreational users of the West River Trail are should seek out alternative access points to the West River Trail or one of several other trails available to the community.
Signs at the Marina Trailhead and Rice Farm Road Trailhead will indicate current trail status. In addition, the project's website (www.i91brattleborobridge.com) will be kept up to date on the current status of the trail. The trail is open from the northern trailhead to a point just north of the bridge construction area. The northern trailhead access location is on Rice Farm Road, about a mile south of the Iron Bridge.
Demolition activities over the West River will continue over the next several months on the existing northbound bridge. Workers will monitor the site and ensure that recreational traffic is kept away from overhead activities.