Vermont Agency of Transportation

Ideas presented recently for what to do with the two old bridges connecting the towns of Brattleboro, Vt., and Hinsdale, N.H., all started with acknowledging the Connecticut River, the wildlife and the historical uses of the island between the two. In mid-October, the public got its first glimpse of various design ideas, presented by a professor from Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Work got under way Sept. 18 on the construction of a trail bridge over the Winooski River between East Montpelier and Berlin, Vt., as part of the Cross Vermont Trail. Local leaders and trail enthusiasts were on hand for a celebration of the official start of site work.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) has announced a funding opportunity to provide financial assistance to municipalities in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of water statewide. The state's Municipal Highway and Stormwater Mitigation Program funds grants only to companies with a transportation link.

Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) announced Aug. 12 that the state legislature has approved funding to accelerate the completion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT). As proposed in the Governor's FY2021 budget, the allocation totals $2.8 million, which will be matched by $11.3 million in federal funds, to complete construction of the trail by the summer of 2022.

When the state of Vermont received the go-ahead to begin discussing the logistics of replacing Bridge 8 on US 2, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) jumped at the opportunity. The historic bridge, which is the state's only vehicular movable bridge, was originally built in 1953 to carry US 2 over Lake Champlain between the towns of North Hero and Grand Isle.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), in collaboration with the town of Middlebury, is undertaking a project to replace two nearly 100-year-old rail bridges in the center of Middlebury with a tunnel. Kubricky Construction, Wilton, N.Y., is the lead contractor on the job, which began in 2017, continued through the 2018 and 2019 construction seasons, and will be completed in 2021 with much of the work set to take place in a 10-week period in the summer of 2020.

J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center, Vt., has completed about half of the reconstruction work on Main Street in Waterbury, a $21 million job that it started in April and is scheduled for completion in June 2021. "It's a two-and-a-half season project, but it is our goal to be substantially complete in the winter of 2020," said Eric Boyden, owner of J.A.

The Federal Highway Administration issued $500,000 in "quick release" Emergency Relief or ER funds to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Nov. 20 to help cover the cost of repairing roads damaged by heavy rains, high winds and flooding from a storm that lasted from Oct.

Although much work remains, crews are making significant progress on a multi-year construction effort that will benefit the transportation hub of west-central Vermont. The Middlebury Rail and Bridge Project will replace two 1920s-era bridges with a tunnel, restoring a section of the town green lost to Middlebury when the Rutland Railroad was constructed in the 1840s.

In partnership with Vermont's federal delegation, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced it has been awarded a $2.08 million federal grant for safety improvements along the Vermonter Amtrak service. Funding from the Federal Railroad Administration's Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Grant Program (CRISI) will be used to correct slopes, repair culverts and install rock fall detection systems along the New England Central Railroad, which hosts the Amtrak service.

Contractors are working to finish a temporary drawbridge linking two islands on Lake Champlain with a race through the winter to have the new bridge fully functioning in time for the first seasonal opening of the bridge May 15. Work began on the North Hero-Grand Isle Bridge in Vermont earlier this summer.