BENNINGTON — Here’s what you can expect to encounter on the roadways around the region this week. This information has been provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Bennington Department of Public Works.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation’s project to stabilize rock ledges on Route 9 in Woodford continues. A lane shift is in place for traffic heading toward Bennington. The lane nearest the north ledge will be closed in order for work to progress on that side of the project. Travel will remain reduced from two lanes to one in the project area for traffic heading out of Bennington and Woodford toward Searsburg and Wilmington.
Crews will begin some tree clearing this week in order to create a staging area on the west side of the north ledge work area. The new traffic pattern put into place last week will stay in place until November. The traveling public should be aware of some truck vehicle movements leaving and entering the work zone.
The worksite is just east of Notch Road in Woodford, about 2.9 miles east of the Bennington-Woodford town line. The project is expected to be completed by the fall.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation will be closing VT 100 in West Dover at mile marker 3.81 for 48 hours from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 9 a.m. Thursday. The purpose of the closure is to replace a deep culvert that has deteriorated and caused road embankments to slough, which is affecting utilities in the area. A detour will route traffic along VT 30 at the intersection of VT 100 and VT 30 in Jamaica and VT 9 through Brattleboro towards Wilmington.
U.S. 7 is reduced to one lane in each direction near the intersection with VT 7A; speed and lane width reductions are also in effect. Prepare for short delays and traffic halts.
A paving project is underway along VT 100 just south of Pike Lane extending north into the Jacksonville village limits. Motorists will encounter multiple work zones with one-way alternating traffic. Expect delays.
Paving along VT 11 will continue, along with sign repair and bridge joints. The contractor may begin backing up shoulders between Chester and Londonderry. There will be alternating one-way flagged traffic in multiple areas, causing delays.
Chapel Road from Crossover to North Branch Street will be closed to through traffic for next several weeks as PFOA contractors continue the next phase of PFOA water main extensions. Local traffic will be accommodated. Residents may only enter/exit this section of Chapel Road from the crossover intersection.
Dewey Street from Harwood Drive to Weeks Street will be reduced to one-lane traffic next several weeks as a private contractor continues the next phase of south end water main upgrade project. Expect minor delays or find an alternate route.
Imperial Avenue will remain closed at the Silver Street intersection to all through traffic for the next two weeks because of a subcontractor’s delay. Residents will have access from Morgan Street side only.
Lover’s Lane will be reduced to one-lane traffic Monday as a sewer crew rebuilds a manhole. Motorists should expect minor delays or find an alternate route.
North Branch Street at the Chapel Road intersection will be closed as PFOA contractors continue the next phase of PFOA water line extension work.
Observatory Street will be closed to through traffic for the next several weeks as a private contractor continues the next phase of the south end water main upgrade project. Residents of Observatory Street only will be accommodated; all others will have to find an alternate route.
Putnam Street from Weeks to Harwood streets will be closed to through traffic all week as the Water Department works on service lines for the next phase of South End Water Main Upgrade project. Residents of this section only will be accommodated. All others will have to find an alternate Route.
School Street between Gage and Main streets will be reduced to one-lane traffic on Tuesday and Wednesday as a sewer crew rebuilds a manhole. Motorists should expect minor delays or find an alternate route.
Washington Avenue between Elm and Observatory streets will be reduced to one-lane traffic all week as a contractor works on a lead line replacement project. Motorists should expect minor delays or find an alternate route.
TOWNWIDE – SPRING CLEANING
Roadside mowing continues this week. Some traffic may be slowed down due to mowing equipment on edge of the roadway.
Street sweeping continues. Sidewalks in downtown Bennington will be swept Tuesday. Some traffic may be slowed down due to cleaning equipment.
Yipes, stripes: A highway crew will start road markings throughout town this week. If weather permits, crosswalk painting will begin in the most heavily-used sections, and likely at night.
Tree work: Green Mountain Power continues their tree trimming program. For the next five months, Davey Tree Service will be assisting GMP with tree trimming around town.
The North Bennington Highway crew will continue mowing/spring maintenance on public properties across the village. This includes tree cutting and trimming. If weather permits, crosswalk painting will begin in the most heavily-used sections, and likely at night.
All work is dependent on the weather. As always, motorists are asked to keep an eye out for workers and equipment in the roadways, and to be prepared for delays.