BRATTLEBORO -- The West River bridge replacement project team will be repairing potholes in both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-91 in the work zone between Exits 2 and 3 Saturday morning during low traffic periods. Minor traffic delays are possible while the potholes are being repaired.
Route 30 will be closed for up to six days in early March. The specific closure dates will be announced 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 I-91 right-of-way. Project managers will try to avoid a weekend closure of Route 30.
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 will be conducted Sunday night, Feb. 23 through Friday night, Feb. 28.
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. 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.
No project impacts to Upper Dummerston Road are anticipated for the week of Feb. 23.
The West River Trail will be closed at the Marina Trailhead and through access will not be permitted from the north, due to unsafe ground conditions. 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.
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.