by Brent Curtis, Public Outreach Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do we need a “Distracted Walking Law?” Drivers have had too many close calls with distracted walkers. So many in fact, I have broken them down into categories: The jacket and tie “Business Walker” talking on the phone; game playing “Pokémon Walker” following the screen and nothing else; the spandex wearing “Exercise, Steps Per Minute Jogger/Walkers,” darting into the street or smack dab in the middle of the road (with or without a crew); and the always popular, you’ve got talent “Singing, Lead Guitar Mimicking Music Lover Walker.” It is important to be aware of your surroundings when you are on foot. Pay attention when crossing the road. Check out https://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-pedestrian-safety.aspx. Or you can just call your mother.
I-89 Colchester to Swanton will get final paving northbound and southbound to the Lamoille Bridge between 6pm and 6am this week, weather permitting. One lane of travel will be maintained. 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 more northbound and southbound lane closures and slower speed limits near the US 2 overpass.
I-91 Northbound in Lyndon the right lane and shoulder will be closed for ledge removal. Rockingham bridges northbound and southbound are reduced to one lane in the construction zone. In Brattleboro, the bridge replacement project will have limited effect on traffic this week.
For a complete state-wide highway improvement report, visit.. https://vtrans.vermont.gov/about/news/on-the-road