This week’s article is written in the shadow of a fatality of a highway construction worker on I89. Please focus on your driving behavior in work zones as you travel throughout Vermont and pay special attention to the workers who are working for your behalf. Remember it is against the law to use a hand-held electronic device while driving in work zones and that law will expand to all Vermont roads on Oct. 1, 2014. Please focus on safety.
I-89 bridge work in Milton will require reduce speeds. Paving on I-89 between Richmond and Colchester occurs between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Expect reduced speeds in this area. An I-89 paving project between Berlin and Brookfield will cause delays at times.
I-91 projects start with a paving in the north and southbound lanes between St. Johnsbury and Lyndon (Exits 23 and 21). The final layer of pavement is due in mid-August. More paving in the north and southbound lanes from Fairlee to Newbury will reduce traffic to one lane with speed restrictions. In Windsor a bridge project directs northbound traffic into the southbound lane with a reduced speed limit. In Brattleboro a second bridge project between Exits 2 and 3 relocates northbound traffic to the southbound bridge. Drivers should expect delays during commuting hours and Sunday afternoons.
Route 105 in Richford is in the final stages of paving.
Route 108 in Enosburg will have slower traffic this week because of paving and drainage work.
US 5 in Coventry and Route 14 in Irasburg will see delays this week due to paving projects.
Route 15 in Hyde Park will see more work on a box culvert installation.
US 2 from Burlington to South Burlington is being realigned by the Sheraton Hotel. The bus stop will remain open during this phase. Work hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Route 128 in Essex will see continued paving. Drivers should expect high and uneven lanes in this work zone.
Route 12 between Elmore and Morristown will see one-way traffic as the result of a paving project.
US 5 between Lyndon and St. Johnsbury receives a final paving run which should last about three weeks. Delays should be expected in this work zone.
US 2 between Waterbury and Bolton will see alternating one-lane traffic for a paving project. Drivers should expect delays and should drive slowly and cautiously through this work zone.
US 2 and Route 100 in Waterbury will see more work on the roundabout project this week. Delays and occasional short-term lane closures should be expected.
Route 14 in Barre Town will have reduced a reduced speed limit around a culvert replacement in Jockey Hollow.
Route 12A in Braintree beyond Fowler Road will closed from Aug. 1 through Aug. 4.
Route 73 in Rochester has multiple bridge projects underway in August. Drivers should expect road closures and one-way traffic. Details on these and many other projects can be found at 511vt.com.
US 5 in Hartland will feature two separate bridge projects and will include the closure of Bridge No. 62A over the New England Central Railroad until Aug. 16. US 5 in Putney and Route 123 in Westminster will see traffic delays for paving.
In Rutland the lane re-configuration is in place. This means new traffic patterns on South Main Street. Beginning Monday, Aug. 4, four crews will be working on the sewer and storm water portions of the project along South Main St. during the day. This means there will be daytime and nighttime crews along South Main St., as other portions of the project still remain as night work only. Business RT 4 will see Rehabilitation/replacement of drop inlets.
Route 100 in Wilmington is having bridge work on Bridges No. 34 and No. 35. Some lane closures are possible.
This week our thoughts and prayers go out to both families of last week’s tragedy. Remember to focus on safety in work zones and reduce your speeds.
Safe travels everyone.
Brent H. Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.