Passenger rail service is back! Trains roll through Vergennes, Middlebury after 69 years

Crowds cheer the arrival of passenger a train in Vergennes and Middlebury for the first time in nearly 70 years.

Editorial: A new beginning for Middlebury?

After three trying years of construction, including almost 10 weeks without downtown traffic this summer, Middlebury is on the verge of a new beginning — at least as much of a new beginning as a town founded 259 years ago ever gets. When the ribbons were … (read more)

Tunnel installation is scheduled for July 13

MIDDLEBURY — Managers of the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project have tentatively picked July 13 as the starting date for a 10-week closure of both Main Street and Merchants Row, during which a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel will be installed in place … (read more)

Larger team OK’d for Middlebury rail tunnel project

MIDDLEBURY — State officials on Friday, May 15, gave permission to Kubricky Construction to assemble a full crew for work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, which until recently had stalled due to coronavirus-related workforce restrictions. … (read more)

Rail tunnel workers wait for COVID tests

MIDDLEBURY — Kubricky Construction has put 10 employees back to work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, but a company representative told the town selectboard on Tuesday that progress on the massive job will be slow until the Vermont Agency … (read more)

Downtown Midd rail project resumes next week

MIDDLEBURY — “Here’s the news we’ve been waiting for.”  That was the happy message from Jim Gish this week when he passed on word that the work on the huge downtown Middlebury rail project would resume after a six-week COVID-19 hiatus.  Construction worke … (read more)

Bridge project seeks special status to resume work

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has asked state officials to designate the currently suspended downtown Middlebury rail bridges project as a “critical infrastructure” job, which would allow construction to resume without further delay. Plans origi … (read more)

Downtown Middlebury rail project hits Main St.

MIDDLEBURY — Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in downtown Middlebury was slower than usual this week, as work on the $72 million rail bridges replacement project jumped from the train corridor to Main Street. Main Street traffic was relegated to one … (read more)

Middlebury groups work to soften impact of rail project

MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and the organization called Neighbors, Together on Tuesday told the Middlebury selectboard they have been making good use of the town’s $228,750 Vermont Agency of Transportation grant … (read more)