Blasting at Route 2 Checkered House Bridge project in Richmond continues into Wednesday

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has issued a traffic alert to motorists that blasting at the Route 2 Checkered House Bridge over the Winooski River in Richmond will continue into Wednesday, May 25.  This will again require temporary road closings, including Interstate 89, for brief periods.  Two blasts a day will occur ‘ at 11 am and 3 pm.  The blasting is related to preparation for construction of the temporary detour that will be installed so that traffic can be maintained while the bridge is widened. During the blast, no traffic will be allowed into the blast zone.  Flaggers will stop traffic from entering the zone. The State Police will manage a rolling roadblock on the highway. It is anticipated that traffic stoppages will last a maximum of 10 minutes during this period. The following roads will be affected:â ¢             Route 2â ¢             Johnnie Brook Roadâ ¢             Kenyon Roadâ ¢             Route 117 (at junction of Route 2)â ¢             Interstate 89 between Exit 11 (Richmond) and Exit 12 (Williston) The blasting is needed to complete the temporary road detour in the vicinity of Johnnie Brook Road. Work on assembling a temporary bridge over the Winooski River continues. The blasting will not affect the anticipated mid-June opening of the temporary bridge. Work on the project to widen the Checkered House Bridge, including the reconstruction and realignment of Route 2, Kenyon Road and Johnnie Brook Road, began in March and is expected to take approximately three years to complete.  The project is being built by the design/build team of Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors Inc. and CHA. The Federal Highway Administration will pay for 80% of the $13.9 million project, with 20% being funded by the State of Vermont. Throughout the project there will be timely communication with the public about conditions that may affect travel.  In addition, VTrans will use www.511vt.com(link is external), its On the Road program and a project website, www.checkeredhousebridge.com(link is external), to post traffic alerts. Source: VTrans. 5.24.2011last_img

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