The 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 11.1.11
A Brisbane penthouse has slashed its asking price to $1.6 million LESS than its previous contract amount
The parquetry floors would be almost impossible to authentically reproduceShe said they’d continued to upgrade and maintain the property.“We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars doing a renovation on the penthouse,” Mrs O’Reilly said.“To name some highlights — you can’t get that parquetry flooring as they aren’t making that wood anymore. Now, renovators are stuck with forced wood, which doesn’t have that same deep rich colouring in it. That’s why it’s a beautifully rich colour,” Mrs O’Reilly said.“The shutters are handmade for each window.“We’ve also used antique wood from old Brisbane banks and institutions,” Mrs O’Reilly said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair The sellers of this stunning Brisbane CBD penthouse have listed it at $1.6 million less than it’s last contract priceWHEN it comes to prestige property discounts, this could be Brisbane’s most extreme price cut.The New York inspired penthouse at The Residences, 43/208 Adelaide Street, Brisbane City is asking for offers over $2.9 million — a whopping one-third less than the $4.5 million contracted just three years ago.Place New Farm agent, Ben White, said the previous deal was impressive, but hadn’t completed.“There was a buyer who had a particular affinity with that building and they submitted an offer of $4.5 million,” he said.Mr White said the purchaser couldn’t go unconditional on the sale so the owners, Marlene and Michael O’Reilly, terminated the deal and took the property off the market.“At the end of the day, that was a unique buyer, and that was a unique price,” Mr White said.A planned move overseas has now prompted the O’Reillys to relist the penthouse and price it to sell. Marble finishes feature throughoutUnit 43 provides four-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across 309sq m of floor area with city views across Anzac Square.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoViews are across Anzac Square and take in the CBD settingRooms include formal and informal living and dining, ante room and library, and there’s garaging for three cars. The apartment has a stunning old-world libraryMr White said the launch of the penthouse back on the market at $2.9 million demonstrated the O’Reillys were motivated and realistic about achieving a sale.“The sellers are moving to the south of France and they’re not holding any of their Australian assets any more — they’re going to be selling them off — and they’ve priced it to sell,” he said.“They’re very genuine sellers. They’re not mucking around,” Mr White said. Mahogany joinery and high ceilings add to the grandeurThe apartment is part of The Residences project — an extraordinary 1990s residential refurbishment of a former Queensland Government structure in Anzac Square built in the 1940s and which housed the State’s land titles office. SIGN UP FOR THE COURIER MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER Apartments throughout the project retained the structure’s mahogany and marble features, ornate high ceilings and parquetry timber floors making The Residences among the most sort after complexes in the CBD. The kitchen provides high-end contemporary cabinetry and appliances in a heritage settingMrs O’Reilly said the emotional pull of family was too great for them to stay in Australia.“We’ve spent most of our time crying without our grandchildren, so we are moving to France be closer to my daughter’s young family who are based in London,” Mrs O’Reilly said.“We’ve enjoyed living in The Residences for 15 years, upgrading to the penthouse seven years ago,” she said.Mrs O’Reilly said they’d been using the apartment as a Brisbane base when travelling from their home in country New South Wales.