• On the Road: Need a ride? Try the bus
    September 01,2014
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    Do you ever think about leaving the driving to someone else? Well, think about taking the bus. Two new intercity services have been in operation since June. You can now go from Burlington to Albany, N.Y., by way of Route 7. This service features stops in Middlebury, Rutland, Manchester and Bennington. Connections can be made to other destinations including New York City. The second service travels between Rutland and White River Junction, then on to Hanover, N.H., with connections to Boston and southern New England. For more information, go to www.vttranslines.com or the city-to-city bus section at www.connectingcommuters.org/bus-info. Take the stress out of driving and try the bus.

    In Rutland a re-configuration of Washington Street will slow traffic. Drivers will find day and nighttime work on South Main Street. Work on the ramp on Business Route 4 will finish this week. Woodstock Avenue in Rutland will have no work going on this week.

    Interstate 89 bridgework in Milton continues to slow traffic. Paving on I-89 between Richmond and Colchester continues between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. Motorists will encounter paving at the exit 12 southbound offramp and the exit 16 northbound offramp. Paving starts Tuesday. Daytime paving between Berlin and Brookfield will cause short delays.

    I-91 projects include continued paving in both directions between St. Johnsbury and Lyndon (exits 23 and 21) as well as paving from Fairlee to Newbury. In Windsor a bridge project directs northbound traffic into the southbound lane with a reduced speed limit. In Brattleboro a major bridge project between exits 2 and exit 3 relocates northbound traffic to the southbound bridge. Drivers should expect delays, especially northbound on Friday afternoon and southbound on Sunday afternoon.

    Route 105 in Richford still has a paving project.

    Route 108 in Enosburg is also getting new pavement.

    Route 111 between Morgan and Brighton continues with a paving project that will slow traffic.

    Route 15 in Hyde Park has more box culvert work.

    Route 12 between Elmore and Morristown will have one-way traffic during a paving project. Surface materials could be kicked up and damage windshields and even puncture tires in this work zone.

    Route 5 between Lyndon and St. Johnsbury is getting some final paving. Drivers should expect delays.

    Route 2 in Burlington and South Burlington is getting some road construction.

    Route 2 between Waterbury and Bolton has alternating one-lane traffic in place for paving. Drivers should expect delays and should drive slowly and cautiously through this work zone and expect Saturday paving. The intersection of Route 2 and Route 100 in Waterbury has a new traffic pattern in a roundabout project. West of the intersection, on Route 2, crews will be installing new water lines. Expect delays in these work zones.

    Route 14 in Jockey Hollow requires slower speeds for a box culvert project.

    Route 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel continues to see a paving project that leaves a loose surface which can damage windshields and tires if a vehicle is traveling too fast. Expect delays.

    Route 22A in Orwell will be reduced to alternating one-way traffic for a paving project.

    Route 7 between Brandon and Middlebury has a new paving project this week. Expect alternating one-way traffic at times and delays.

    Work on Route 123 and Route 5 between Putney and Westminster continues.

    Route 30 in Winhall is undergoing culvert repairs.

    Safe travels everyone.

    Brent H. Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
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