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Part 1 of rail bridge project done; businesses wary of 'big dig'

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury merchants are assessing the economic fall-out from the recently completed installation of temporary bridges on Merchants Row and Main Street. Business owners located closest to the construction zones predictably reported the most substantial losses, while virtually all of those polled by the Independent praised the town and Kubricky construction for their outreach during the project.

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Middlebury earns final federal permission for rail bridges fix, Big Dig is on

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has determined that a planned $52 million replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges will have “no significant impact” on local residents, wildlife and the environment.

That gives the green light for the project to proceed as scheduled next spring.

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Middlebury to cast off construction blues with downtown block party

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



There’s not a whole lot that’s fun about construction, especially when it tears up the heart of downtown Middlebury. Traffic will be detoured around the centre-ville starting today, Thursday, July 27, through Saturday, Aug. 5, which means, less traffic for all of our beloved shops on Main Street and Merchants Row.

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Bridge work in downtown Middlebury suspended for festival, market and auction

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The temporary parking barriers erected in downtown Middlebury for a Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) project to install temporary bridges will recede early next month to ensure convenient access to three popular annual July events set for the village green:

The Festival on-the-Green, St. Stephen’s Church Peasant Market and Lion’s Club auction and barbeque.

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Middlebury project includes $12M investment in rail

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials said this week that a $12 million addition to the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project is related to track improvements, equipment purchases and beefed up train crews that will be needed to ensure freight traffic can continue along the state’s western corridor during what will soon be abbreviated — and at times suspended — train traffic through Addison County’s shire town.

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Middlebury construction season is here: Downtown bridge work is top project

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents this spring and summer will experience the first of several strong doses of construction work that will cause some temporary inconveniences but some long-term upgrades to the town’s infrastructure.

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Middlebury bridges meeting set for May 11

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury stakeholders concerned about the planned replacement of the two downtown rail bridges will have a chance to comment on the proposed environmental impact of the project at a hearing this Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater.

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Rail project's environmental impact scrutinized

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials, residents, merchants and property owners concerned about upcoming construction disruption in the downtown will be spending a lot of time reading between now and May 11.

And the subject matter, while important, is pretty dry.

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Middlebury town officials OK temporary bridges plan

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to demolish the deteriorating Main Street and Merchants Row bridges over the railroad and replace them with temporary spans by early August.

Both bridges could be closed for almost a week late in July.

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Environmental assessment outlines RR bridges project's potential pitfalls

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials, residents, merchants and property owners concerned about upcoming construction disruption in the downtown will be spending a lot of time reading between now and May 11.

And the subject matter, while important, is pretty dry.

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