BRATTLEBORO -- Route 30 will be closed for up to seven days starting Wednesday night, April 9 as work on the I-91 West River bridge project continues.
The design build team has timed this closure to coincide with the winding down of the winter ski season and with the thawing of the West River. The river elevation has stabilized. The closure, which is scheduled to begin April 9 will be complete by the afternoon of Wednesday, April 16. Actual closure dates and start time will be confirmed to stakeholders a minimum of 72 hours in advance of the closure, 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.
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 fall 2015. Weather permitting, night work will be conducted Sunday night, April 6 through Saturday night, April 12.
The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. This reduction will remain in effect through spring 2016.
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.
Upper Dummerston Road
No project impacts to Upper Dummerston Road are anticipated for the week of April 6, although local traffic is likely to increase on Upper Dummerston Road when Route 30 is closed.
West River Trail
The 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 throughout the spring and summer. For safety, recreational users of the West River Trail are seek out alternative access points to the West River Trail or one of several other trails available to the community.
Signage at the Marina Trailhead and Rice Farm Road Trailhead will indicate current trail status. In addition, up-to-date information can be found at www.i91brattleborobridge.com. 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.
The southbound bridge over the West River has been removed. No impacts to recreation boaters are anticipated for the week of April 6.