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Rain and thaw prompt temporary closing of Middlebury’s Creek Road

MIDDLEBURY — Due to spring thawing conditions, the Middlebury Highway Department has closed Creek Road — from 3-Mile Bridge Road to the Vermont Agency of Transportation garage — until further notice.

Officials said the road bed has become very soft due to rain and the recent spring thaw, raising concerns about traffic potentially damaging the road surface. They qualified that the overall condition of the road is “good,” fueling optimism it will soon be ready to reopen once it dries out enough to deploy a grader to firm up the base.

A pedestrian over the weekend noted that at some parts of the road there was water on either side, but the road itself was not submerged.

Middlebury Public Works Operations Director Bill Kernan on Monday estimated a reopening of Creek Road next week, noting water continues to rise and there’s a forecast of more rain during the coming days.

Creek Road has had a long history of closures due to weather-related issues, owing to its close proximity to the Otter Creek.

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