The 2014 road construction season is in full swing. Construction crews are busy all over the state highway system. A variety of projects this year from paving and leveling to bridge replacement and culvert repair are going on day and night. Each Monday we will highlight the road projects that may affect traffic around the state.
Interstate 91 has six projects going on including ramp work. In Brattleboro a bridge project on I-91 between Exits 2 and 3 has northbound traffic relocated to the southbound bridge. Lane closures and speed restrictions will cause delays in this work zone. A paving project between Exit 20 and Exit 23 will be reduced to one lane in each direction with speed restrictions in place. Some delays are possible in this work zone. Exit 21 northbound on ramp will be closed on May 21 for resurfacing from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Exit 21 southbound off ramp will be closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 20. I-91 in Barnet has a bridge project on the southbound side. Drivers will experience slower speeds in this area. In Windsor a bridge replacement project has northbound traffic crossing over to the southbound lane. Speed restrictions are in place.
Route 9 in Marlboro has a bridge replacement project that detours traffic onto a temporary bridge.
Interstate 89 has four projects that will affect traffic this month. In Milton work has begun on the northbound and southbound bridges over the Lamoille River. Drivers should expect speed reduction and occasional lane closures in this work zone. In Colchester, bridge work will create lane restrictions and reduced speeds. Delays are possible in this area. Night paving between Richmond and Colchester runs from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Speed reduction and lane restrictions should be expected in this work zone. I-89 southbound between Berlin and Brookfield will include guardrail work then pavement milling later this summer.
Work continues on the Richmond Park and Ride and the surrounding roadway including widening at the intersection of US 2 and VT 117; expect minor delays and occasional space reductions in the park and ride lot. Paving work on US 2 between Waterbury and Bolton means alternating one-lane traffic in the work zone.
On VT 105A in Richford, deck and beam work will cause lane and speed restrictions in the work zone.
US 5 in St. Johnsbury has a paving project that creates alternating one-way traffic with speed reduction. Delays should be expected in this work zone.
VT 100 in Stowe has a bridge replacement project at the intersection of Route 100 and Gold Brook Road. A temporary bridge is in place.
Route 7 in Shelburne will have construction of a left turn lane into Harrington Village that will cause delays during commuting hours.
VT 100 in Warren will have the final paving of the new bridge that will cause minor delays.
VT 125 in Middlebury remains closed for the replacement of the Sand Hill Bridge.
VT 73 in Rochester will have four bridge projects going on later in the summer.
VT 100 in Pittsfield will have a bridge replacement project causing short-term lane closures.
Night paving in Rutland City will continue from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. On Woodstock Avenue, sidewalk work and berm removal will slow traffic. Signal work will require lane closures along South Main Street. Business Route 4 in Rutland will have sign installation prior to construction.
VT 3 in Proctor has sidewalk removal starting Monday, May 19. Drop inlets and sign installation will be done before pavement begins.
On VT 12 in Woodstock, bridge No. 19 will be reduced to one lane with delays during commuting hours.
That will do it for week number one of On the Road. Remember "Think Safety" at all times, but especially in work zones.
Brent H. Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.