BRATTLEBORO -- Those in charge of the $60 million Interstate 91 bridge-replacement project have scheduled a second "trail talk" meeting with the public.
Lately, however, they've been talking less about construction and more about complaints from drivers who say they're partially blinded by the glare of oncoming vehicles' headlights in the construction zone.
One project administrator says the problem will be solved soon.
"We certainly recognize that it is an issue," said Garrett Hoffman, design manager for FIGG Bridge Engineers. "And we're trying to resolve it as quickly as we can but also provide a solution that is going to be safe and effective."
Hoffman said one solution might be a "glare screen" atop the barriers separating northbound and southbound traffic at the site. But he noted that "putting up a glare screen would require shutting down the interstate."
Project administrators also have discussed placing reflective strips on the inside of the barrier so that drivers have a clearer idea of the concrete structure's location.
Regardless of the solution, Hoffman said, "people aren't feeling safe about driving across there. We need to do something about it."
While he could not commit to a schedule for that fix, it could be that the problem is resolved in time for the project's next "trail talk" on Feb. 8.
The gatherings are designed to allow the public to ask questions and get an up-close look at the project.
Those who are interested are asked to meet at 8 a.m. at the West River Trailhead at the marina in Brattleboro. The group, which is to include Hoffman and Caleb Linn, project manager for lead contractor PCL, will walk the trail to the bridge site.
"I think there's going to be a lot of stuff to talk about and look at, especially the steel from the existing truss -- they'll be dismantling the truss at that time," Hoffman said.
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