On the Road: Be mindful of wildlife while driving
When driving through a rural state like Vermont you can go from interstates to paved roads then to dirt roads in very short order. Please don’t forget about wildlife.
Deer, moose and bear are larger animals that you might encounter on the roads. Fox, raccoon and any number of other smaller creatures cross our roads frequently, especially at dusk and at night. Then there are pet walkers and equestrians. Vermont country roads offer a relaxed and beautiful setting for dog walking and horseback riding. Always slow down when approaching horses. Don’t rev the engine or sound the horn. Give equestrians and pet walkers plenty of room as you pass.
Interstate 89 in Milton continues to have bridge work that will reduce speeds. Paving between Richmond and Colchester goes on between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph. A paving project between Berlin and Brookfield will cause delays during afternoon commuting hours.
Interstate 91 projects include paving in the north and southbound lanes between St. Johnsbury and Lyndon (Exits 23 and 21). Travel is reduced to one lane in this work zone. Paving in north and southbound lanes from Fairlee to Newbury will reduce traffic to one lane with speed restrictions. In Windsor a bridge project directs northbound traffic into the southbound lane with a reduced speed limit. In Brattleboro a second bridge project between Exits 2 and 3 relocates northbound traffic to the southbound bridge. Drivers should expect delays during commuting hours and weekend getaway hours.
VT 105 in Richford is finishing up a paving project.
VT 108 in Enosburg will see slow traffic because of paving and drainage work.
US 2 from Burlington to South Burlington is being realigned by the Sheraton Hotel. The bus stop will remain open during this phase. Work hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
VT 15 in Hyde Park is getting a box culvert installation.
VT 12 between Elmore and Morristown will see a six-mile paving project that will create one-way traffic.
US 5 between Lyndon and St. Johnsbury is ready for the final paving run. Delays should be expected in this work zone.
VT 15 in Essex/Jericho will see more paving this week. Delays should be expected.
US 2 between Waterbury and Bolton will see alternating one-lane traffic. Drivers should expect delays. Paving is expected to begin this week.
US 2 and VT 100 roundabout is getting utility work done. Delays during afternoon commuting hours and occasional short-term lane closures should be expected.
RT 14 in Barre Town requires a speed restriction for a culvert replacement in Jockey Hollow.
RT 73 in Rochester has multiple bridge projects underway in July. Drivers should expect road closures and one-way traffic. Details on these and many other projects can be found at 511vt.com.
VT 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel requires a speed limit reduction (to 40 mph) for a roadway improvement project. Drivers should expect delays.
In Rutland, night work on Woodstock Avenue is set for completion. Night work continues between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. for the remaining work. Crews will continue excavation and installation of the new sewer system and are scheduled to continue working on the storm drains along South Main Street. Business Route 4 continues to get the replacement of drop inlets (storm drains) through the week. Night time hours are 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Parking restrictions will be in effect throughout the Business Route 4 project area.
US 5 in Hartland will feature two separate bridge projects and will include the closure of Bridge #62A over the New England Central Railroad until Aug. 16. US 5 in Putney and VT 123 in Westminster will see traffic delays for paving.
VT 100 between Jamaica and Londonderry will experience delays because of a paving project.
Please drive safely. Put the phone down, keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the ride.
Brent H. Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.