By Evan Johnson
Alternating traffic patterns are expected to cause delays in travel as local road construction continues in Killington, Rochester and Ludlow.
Crews are scheduled to be onsite doing shoulder work mid-week during this week. Shoulder work will begin near or at the Rutland Town/Rutland City line and head east into Mendon. After placing the first pieces of a precast culvert last week near the Skyeship Gondola in Killington, crews will begin shifting traffic over to the previously closed portion of the road. This work will require a one-lane alternating traffic pattern and delays are expected.
Cold-planing between the top of the Brandon Gap and the intersection of Route 73 and Bingo Road is expected to be completed this week. Sections of Route 73 will have a gravel surface during this time. Meanwhile, subcontractors will continue ditching work on the mountain portion of Route 73. Cyclists and motorcyclists are urged to exercise caution or seek an alternate route.
Bridge closures to affect travel in Ludlow
Two bridges in the Ludlow area are experiencing closures and delays as improvements continue.
Drivers driving on Route 103 in Ludlow will need to find alternative routes of travel from now until July 15; a 35-day closure is in effect as workers replace Bridge 25 over the Black River. Truck and through-traffic is to follow the designated detour utilizing Route 103, Route 11, and Route 100 while local traffic is advised to use a bypass on North Depot St. and High St. Truck traffic is prohibited from using the local detour. Crews have completed the demolition and continue to drive piles, set abutments and begin backfilling. Structural steel should be set this week.
On Bridge 99 on Route 100 over Branch Brook, crews have completed striping and plug joint activities. The bridge may be temporarily reduced to alternating one-way traffic at times, assisted by flaggers.
Photo courtesy of EIV Technical Services
Work continues toward the top of the Brandon Gap.