BRATTLEBORO -- Route 30 will be closed for a two-day period between Dec. 16 and 22. The actual closure dates will be communicated 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. At that time, traffic will be diverted to Upper Dummerston Road.
Northbound Interstate 91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on the highway until completion of the new bridge in the Fall of 2015.
Starting the week of Dec. 8, night work will be conducted Sunday through Friday, and will continue Sunday through Thursday, and occasionally Friday, for the next several months, until demolition is complete.
The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through the Fall of 2015. Truck activity on Route 30 will continue for the week of Dec. 8. Route 30 will be reduced to a single lane intermittently; when this occurs, flaggers will regulate traffic flow.
The West River Trail will be closed at the Marina Trailhead and through access will not be permitted from the north, due to construction activities. Signage 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.
Overhead demolition activities will continue over the next several months on the existing northbound bridge. Buoys and rope delineating the area in the West River may be removed due to icy conditions. Workers will monitor the site and ensure that recreational traffic is kept away from overhead activities.