On The Road August 21, 2017


by Brent Curtis, Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.curtis@vermont.gov

One of my favorite things to do as a small boy was to ride down to Nunns Texaco on Main Street and wave at the engineer as the train crossed Main Street. My uncle lived in Bellows Falls so when the family went to visit I got to go to the train yard to see the rail cars up close. The size of the engines, the rail cars, and the friendly engineers was very exciting for a small boy. Especially one who’s favorite program on television was The Adventures of Casey Jones. Truth be known, I was always looking for Engineer Casey Jones and the rest of the crew of the Cannonball Express.  “There goes Casey Jones,” my mother would shout whenever a train went by. I would always get a return wave from the engineer and the conductor. The owner of the service station didn’t mind the parents parking in the yard when the train went through. Now I enjoy taking the train to New York City. Watching the scenery go by, listening to the low rumble of the train as my mind wanders back to a simpler time. Around me, I see families with picnics, older folks on the internet or reading a book. If you would like more information, check out our VTrans Rail web page at https://vtrans.vermont.gov/rail.  Remember, “When you hear the tootin’ of the whistle it’s Casey at the throttle of the Cannon Ball Express…”

Interstate Improvement Projects: 

I-89 Colchester to Swanton will get final paving northbound and southbound to the Lamoille Bridge between 6:00 pm to 6:00 am 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. In Ryegate there will be speed reductions and lane closures for roadwork this week. 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