VTrans announces rapid delivery of temporary bridges to restore travel

first_imgGranvilleVT 100157Open ReadsboroVT 10023ClosedOct. 4RochesterVT 7319ClosedTemp by Oct. 15RochesterVT 7313RestrictedTemp. Not yet bidRochesterVT 7317Open WallingfordVT 1403Open PittsfieldVT 100124ClosedTemp by Sept. 30PittsfieldVT 100126Open DummerstonVT 309Open Clarendon US 796Open HancockVT 12523OpenTemp in placeHubbardtonVT 3098Open Jamaica VT 3042Open PittsfieldVT 100127Open BrightonVT 10584OpenTemp in placeCavendishVT 1311Open Jamaica VT 10078ClosedTemp by Oct. 15Jamaica VT 3030ClosedTemp by Oct. 15Jamaica VT 3040Open NorthfieldVT 12A32Open WarrenVT 100165OpenTemp culverts in placeWeathersfieldVT 13110Open HubbardtonVT 3096Open CavendishVT 1313Open Plymouth VT 100A8ClosedTemp by Sept. 30Plymouth VT 100 A9Open Roxbury VT 12A15ClosedDec. 15Roxbury VT 12A22ClosedDec. 15Roxbury VT 12A21Open MoretownVT 100B7Open The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today announced that by the end of October it will open seven temporary bridges that will provide the public access over brooks and rivers where Tropical Storm Irene damaged permanent structures, rendering them unusable for public travel. The first two of these temporary bridges is scheduled to open this weekend, and once in use will provide the public unhindered travel along both Route 100A in Plymouth and Route 100 in Pittsfield. Opening the bridge in Pittsfield is significant as it will allow the public to travel freely along Route 100 between Stockbridge and Killington for the first time since the storm struck on August 28. ‘Erecting these temporary bridges will eliminate more than half of the storm-related road closures remaining along Vermont’s state highway system,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘Opening Route 100 through Pittsfield this weekend will represent a major milestone because it will allow the free-flow of traffic without detours or major impediments for the entire 135-mile stretch of Route 100 between Ludlow and Newport just in time for the height of foliage season.’ Other locations where temporary bridges will soon be erected include: ·         Barnard Route 12 by Oct. 29·         Bethel Route 12 by Oct. 7.·         Jamaica Route 30 by Oct. 15·         Jamaica Route 100 by Oct. 15·         Rochester Route 73 at the intersection of Route 73 and Route 100 by Oct. 15Earlier this month, VTrans opened temporary bridges along Route 105 in Brighton and along Route 125 in Hancock. All of these temporary bridges will remain in place throughout the winter and until permanent bridges can be built. Photos: Route 30 in Jamaica Village courtesy of VTrans.Before winter, a temporary bridge also will be built along Route 73 in Rochester at the location where a temporary logging bridge was installed just after the storm. The logging bridge, while perfectly safe during warm weather, needs to be replaced for safe winter travel. Tropical Storm Irene closed 34 bridges along Vermont’s state highway system. VTrans has reopened 25 (73 percent) of these bridges, while nine remain closed to full public travel. Two of these ‘closed’ bridges, however, are open to local traffic and emergency vehicles only. Of the nine bridges that remain closed to full public travel, seven require temporary bridges and will be reopened by the end of October or sooner. The remaining two bridges, both located along Route 12A in Roxbury, will receive new bridges through a rapid-reconstruction method and are projected to open in mid December. TOWNROUTEBR#StatusProposed Opening DateBarnardVT 1225ClosedTemp by Oct. 29Bethel VT 1230RestrictedTemp by Oct. 7BraintreeVT 12A6Open WoodfordVT 9 11Open   Source: VTrans. 9.27.2011last_img

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