by: Brent Curtis, Public Outreach Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Transportation. Brent.firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we get to the Fourth of July weekend the visitor floodgates open up and Vermont becomes a “Mountain Mecca” for people from all over the world. Campgrounds, highways, back roads and mountains will attract thousands of people all getting their “Vermont On”. As Vermonters, we understand this cycle and we know how important it is to our local economy. Let us remember that these visitors are here to sample our way of life. We must be helpful, understanding and patient. While driving my grandmother, Mildred, to chicken pie suppers she would often say: “Don’t get nervous if out-of-staters line up behind you. Just pull over and let them by when you can. They all want to drive the speed limit so just let them go.”
Interstate Highway Projects
I-89 Colchester to Swanton has a repaving project. Weather permitting, there will be paving in the northbound lane between Exit 18 and 19. Plan on short delays. Bridge joint work in both northbound and southbound lanes from Milton to Swanton. In Georgia, culvert replacement projects will continue. There will be no lane closures during morning and afternoon commuting hours. Culvert work between Exits 12 and 13 on the South Burlington stretch of I-89 this week. Expect day and night work with median projects causing reduced speeds and lane restrictions. In Middlesex, drivers should expect daily northbound and southbound lane closures and slower speed limits near the US 2 overpass.
I-91 Southbound at the US Customs office still has roadwork going on. Northbound in Lyndon the right lane and shoulder will be closed for a shoulder project. Expect lane shifts. In Rockingham Exit 6 northbound on ramp will close from July 10 to July 21. Motorists should look for detour signage. In Brattleboro, the bridge replacement project will have limited effect on traffic this week.
For a complete state-wide highway improvement report, visit.. http://vtrans.vermont.gov/about/news/on-the-road