Top 10 of 2021: Middlebury wraps up 4 years of ‘big dig’ rail project

Those who reside, shop, work and travel through downtown Middlebury celebrated the completion of a complex, $72 million rail tunnel project in 2021, a massive undertaking that spanned the better part of four years and brought much construction disruption to the heart of Addison County’s shire town.

Middlebury rail project comes in on budget

The approximately four-year makeover of Middlebury’s twin downtown rail bridges into a 360-foot-long tunnel stayed within the forecasted $72 million construction budget, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials reported last week.

Middlebury rail project teams get safety awards

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project Team were recently the recipients of the The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Highway Safety Engineering Achievement Award. In Summer 2017, VTrans replaced two deteriorated bridges spanning Vermont’s we … (read more)

Event marks end (nearly) of big dig

MIDDLEBURY — It is, comparatively speaking, a virtual postage stamp within the context of the town of Middlebury’s overall 39.2 square miles.Though tiny in size, Lazarus Park on Saturday, Aug. 21, drew a legion of dignitaries — including Gov. Phil Scott a … (read more)

Middlebury rail platform nearing completion

MIDDLEBURY — Construction on Middlebury’s new rail platform off Middle Seymour Street is expected to wrap by Aug. 31, in anticipation of Amtrak passenger train service to Burlington beginning next spring.Kubricky Construction workers have spent the past s … (read more)

Middlebury tunnel project nears finish

MIDDLEBURY — After more than five years of planning and construction, Middlebury residents can finally see a light at the end of the downtown tunnel project. Construction workers early next month will kick off the final phase of work on the $72 million pl … (read more)

Middlebury’s downtown reopens

MIDDLEBURY — More than four years of planning, dozens of often contentious meetings, a 10-week burst of around-the-clock construction and $72 million in state and federal funding all came down to a seven-minute train ride on Friday, Sept. 18, that ceremon … (read more)

Editorial: Looking good, Middlebury, but we need more spark

With camera phones rolling, hundreds of area residents lined the streets as ribbons were cut at the reopening of Middlebury’s Main Street and Merchants Row last Friday and the first train rumbled through the newly minted tunnel downtown. The scene sparkle … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Middlebury makes strides

Now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of the Middlebury railway project, I am reflecting back on the excellent customer service, hard work and assertive creativity that so many people put into keeping the town vibrant. Some of my perso … (read more)

Video: The ceremonial first train

On Friday morning, a ceremonial first train took the inaugural journey through the brand-new rail tunnel in Middlebury, marking the end of the 10-week shutdown of downtown. The Addison Independent’s digital editor Megan James covered the event live.   Aft … (read more)

Ceremonial rail tunnel opening on Sept. 18

MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury, the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Kubricky Construction are organizing a socially-distanced ceremonial opening of the new downtown Middlebury rail tunnel, set for Friday, Sept. 18.  Here’s the scoop, according t … (read more)

What’s under the shire town?

MIDDLEBURY — The massive railroad tunnel construction project in the downtown has dug deep into Middlebury’s bedrock, exposing a deep-seated geology that most of us rarely — if ever — think about.  Turns out, these rocks that we can now see formed in a mu … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Tunnel crew gives thanks

On behalf of the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project team, I want to thank the National Bank of Middlebury and the Middlebury community in general for its cooperation and for its support of the men and women of our construction crew who are working to rebuil … (read more)

Rail tunnel tour reveals epic concrete landscape

MIDDLEBURY — There was a time in my 20s when I dreamed of reporting to work in a war zone wearing a helmet and flak jacket emblazoned with the word “Press.” Life took me to a different, peaceful place — Addison County — though the flak jacket might have c … (read more)

Bank treats Middlebury bridge workers to lunch

MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury thanked and celebrated the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project crew with a hot dog lunch on Tuesday, Aug. 25. More than 60 downtown workers on the “big dig” were treated to a hot dog lunch, potato salad, beverage an … (read more)