VTrans opens closed portion of Route 14 in East Montpelier

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened the small stretch of Route 14 in East Montpelier that had been closed since early October. The closure, which ran about a quarter of a mile from Route 14’s intersection with Route 2 to Northstar Fireworks, was initiated on October 6 due to complications stemming from Tropical Storm Irene. VTrans on September 26 first restricted this section of Route 14 to one lane when the roadway began sliding into the Winooski River. Engineers originally believed the road could be repaired while maintaining one lane of traffic, but the undermining accelerated, forcing a total road closure on October 6. Once the road was closed, highway crews stabilized the riverbank and rebuilt the roadway. Paving was conducted earlier today, and the roadway is now opened to two-lanes of traffic. While the road is open to public travel, work is expected to continue in the area for several more days. Motorists should expect occasional delays until work is complete.Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont on August 28, damaging more than 500 miles of state roadway. All but 19 miles have been reopened to public travel. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans 11.1.11last_img read more