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Remnants of burned covered bridge are cleared

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Workers have until Dec. 9 to remove the charred remnants of the former Swamp Road covered bridge, in anticipation of the Vermont Agency of Transportation installing a temporary span to restore traffic between Salisbury and Cornwall before Jan. 1, 2017.

That update was provided on Nov. 23 by Cornwall Selectman Brian Kemp and Salisbury Selectman Paul Vaczy, the local liaisons to VTrans in the aftermath of the Sept. 10 fire that destroyed the historic covered bridge spanning the Otter Creek on Swamp Road.

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Vergennes mayor expresses city's frustration with truck traffic

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — During Monday’s Vermont Transportation Board public forum on proposed changes to the state’s rail service and on downtown truck traffic, which was held at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, Alderman Jeff Fritz read a statement from Mayor Bill Benton on the city’s ongoing frustration with the many trucks that rumble through its center every day.

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Vergennes residents sound off about truck traffic

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As might be expected, the topic of up to 800 tractor-trailer trucks rolling through downtown Vergennes dominated a Monday Vermont Transportation Board public hearing in Vergennes on “Vermont’s Transportation Future,” including passenger rail expansion, railroad safety and other railway issues as well as truck traffic.

About 30 local citizens attended the hearing at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, the first of seven planned around the state by the Vermont Transportation Board to take testimony on railroad and truck issues.

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Route 7 construction projects wrapping up for the season

Posted on October 17, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Work in Middlebury, New Haven and Ferrisburgh on two major Agency of Transportation Route 7 projects will soon be wrapped up for 2016.

According to a Friday email from VTrans spokesperson Stephanie B. Barrett, the 7.87-mile Route 7 paving project from High Street in Middlebury to just north of New Haven Junction will be complete on Monday, when workers will just be cleaning up for the year. Oct. 4 was the target completion date for 2016’s half of a mostly federally funded, $5.53-million project.

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Rail bridges' impact leads to talk of lawsuit

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A group of downtown Middlebury property owners has given municipal and state transportation officials until the end of this month to produce more environmental and safety-related information about the upcoming replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row railroad bridges, or they will take legal action.

That request is contained in an April 11 letter from local attorney Peter Langrock to the Middlebury selectboard.

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Middlebury rail bridges likely to rise after all

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s effort to maintain the height of its two downtown rail bridges received a setback last week with news that VTrans is unlikely to recommend such a concession because two types of train vehicles can’t squeeze through spans with only 18 feet, 8 inches of clearance.

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State to consider scaling back Midd RR bridges plan

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Transportation Secretary Chris Cole has asked the Vermont Rail Council to weigh in on the notion of lowering the minimum clearance requirement for Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges from 21 feet to 19 feet.

It’s a move that — if approved by the Legislature — could substantially reduce the duration, cost and inconvenience of what is currently a $40 million plan to replace the spans during what could be a four-year work schedule.

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Top stories of 2015: #5 — Middlebury cries foul over rail bridge project

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Middlebury’s decade-long quest to replace its two downtown rail bridges took a dramatic and expensive turn for the worse in 2015, according to property owners, merchants and residents who figure to be affected by the project.

Local officials had hoped the deteriorating bridges, which carry vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Merchants Row and Main Street above the railroad below, could be replaced for under $10 million during a single construction season, in order to minimize the disruption of detours, noise, dust and the temporary loss of parking spots.

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Rail bridges plan could span 4 years

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The proposed fix for Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges has now been budgeted for $40 million, with construction affecting portions of the village area during parts of as many as four calendar years.

This latest information comes from Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Kubricky Construction officials, who recently presented Middlebury officials with a revised budget and construction timetable based on project designs now deemed 60-percent complete.

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Summer road and bridge work in full swing in Addison County

Posted on July 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Motorists are being warned to expect some delays as work gets under way on some major construction projects that will include replacement of bridges and/or culverts in Bristol, Lincoln, Hancock and Bridport, as well as paving work on portions of Routes 22A, 100 and 7.

Josh Donabedian, transportation and energy planner with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, provided details on the work, some of which has already begun.

The major VTrans projects slated for this summer include:

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