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Route 107 opens between Bethel and Stockbridge

STOCKBRIDGE - The final segment of Vermont's state highway system closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene reopened to traffic Thursday, Dec. 29. A celebration was held at Stockbridge Central School to commemorate the reopening of the "Last Mile," actually just over seven miles of Vermont Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge. State and local officials joined with VTrans workers and representatives from the many groups that played a part in the reconstruction process to celebrate, remember and mark the beginning of the next phase of recovery for the hard-hit region.

The reconstruction of Route 107 was accomplished in 16 weeks through a combination of innovation and hard work. More than 46 companies, including two major contractors and two railroads, worked with VTrans, National Guard units and law enforcement personnel to complete the project.

"The opening of the last mile of damaged roads from Tropical Storm Irene marks a significant milestone in our state's recovery," said Gov. Peter Shumlin. "It re-connects the communities of Bethel and Stockbridge as well as a critical corridor in North - South travel in Vermont. It also symbolizes the Vermont Strong spirit that has prompted this remarkably swift recovery from much of the devastation left by Irene."

Brian Searles, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, agreed. "This has been the result of hard work, partnerships, dedication and sacrifice of so many people.  With the re-opening of this roadway, VTrans has succeeded in completing its final goal of the Irene Emergency Response mission - re-opening all state roads by the end of the year."

Tropical Storm Irene damaged over 500 miles of state roads in Vermont, with 34 bridges closed for repair.  In just four months the Vermont Agency of Transportation has overseen the reconstruction and re-opening of all bridges and roadway segments damaged in the aftermath of the storm.

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