On the Road: Fall work begins
School has started, and it is getting darker earlier. In the high country, the leaves are starting to turn. Soon the visitors will start to pour into the Green Mountains to see the colors that mark the beginning of fall. Road construction is steady across the state and a new paving project will begin this week.
First to Interstate 89 where three bridge projects and a scaling project will impact traffic again this week. In the northwest corner of the state some bridge work on I-89 in Swanton, St. Albans, and Milton will all have single lane traffic and slower speeds. Drivers should expect short delays in these work zones. Rock scaling at Exit 8 northbound on/off ramps will create delays on I-89.
On Interstate 91 there will be four work zones affecting traffic. Paving projects in Barton, Newbury and St. Johnsbury will cause lane closures and speed reductions. Delays should be expected during commuting hours in each of these work zones.
I-91 in Windsor has a bridge project will cross southbound traffic into the northbound lane.
In Brattleboro traffic going north and south on I-91 will be affected by several paving projects. Drivers should expect lane restrictions and speed reductions in the work zones. Drivers should plan on delays during the commuting hours. Crews shut down at noon on Friday and return to work on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
In the northwest corner of the state, construction on Route 78 in Swanton will lower the speed limit to 25 mph with concrete barriers installed in this work zone.
Route 242 between Montgomery and Westfield has a lane closure and a speed reduction in the work zone. Delays have been reported in this work zone.
Route 108 in Cambridge has a paving project that extends in to Bakersfield. A bridge replacement project on Route 108, near the new roundabout, is causing delays during morning and afternoon commuting hours.
Route 14 in Craftsbury is reduced to one lane for a construction project. Minor delays have been reported in this work zone.
In Essex two projects are affecting traffic. Route 128 between Westford and Essex is being paved this week. Meanwhile construction on Route 117 is causing delays.
The Richmond Park and Ride will see some excavation and earth work this week. Barrels will be placed in the parking area facing Route 2 closing off approximately 20 to 25 parking spaces for approximately a month.
Route 2 in Waterbury will see the beginning of a paving project this week. Some delays should be expected.
Montpelier has several projects affecting traffic this week. Resurfacing Berlin Street will restrict traffic to one lane. Delays are expected during commuting hours. Work continues on State Street, Main Street and Elm Street. Delays should be expected in these areas.
Route 100 from Waitsfield to Granville has multiple work zones that create single-lane traffic and some delays.
Route 125 in Hancock has a bridge project that slows traffic to 15 mph.
Meanwhile, Route 106 in Woodstock has bridge work that requires a portable traffic light and lane restrictions.
Route 103 in Clarendon is being relocated and repaved as part of the Rutland Safety Area Project at the airport.
In Weathersfield on Route 131 a paving project requires one-way traffic and delays in and around this work zone.
Two projects on Route 8 in Searsburg will affect traffic. A sign replacement project and the installation of a new box culvert will reduce traffic to one lane.
Brent H. Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.