Vermont

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.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department (VFWD) will be completing several road improvements in three state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) from October through mid-December, the agency said Sept. 30. Those locations are within the Wenlock WMA, West Mountain WMA and Bill Sladyk WMA in the state's Northeast Kingdom, comprised of three counties in the corner of Vermont that border New Hampshire to the east and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north.

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.

Construction in Newport, Vt., is set to start this fall on a year's long, $1.3 million project to connect a historic lakeside farm, the city's beach and several miles of bike paths. The effort — which will link Bluffside Farm, Prouty Beach, the Newport Recreation Path and the Beebe Spur rail trail — is a key piece of the city's plan to center its economy on outdoor recreation in the Orleans County community.

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.

The 10-week construction schedule that began July 13 and will conclude in late September will erect a 360-ft. rail tunnel in Middlebury, Vt., that will replace two deteriorating bridges and support 3,550 linear ft. of rail track. Kubricky Construction Corp.

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.

The construction of two roundabouts in Hartford, Vt., that will create safer driving and sidewalk access for pedestrians began on June 29 and will progress in seven phases that will be completed in October 2021. BUR Construction of Newport, N.H., is the contractor on the job that was designed by McFarland Johnson, South Burlington, Vt.

Although only rated as a Category 1 hurricane, Isaias was still a deadly and destructive storm after it made landfall in the United States along the southeast coast of North Carolina on Aug. 3. From there, the storm weakened into a Tropical Storm, but still had enough punch left to inflict significant damage as it roared up the East Coast into the Northeast and New England, bringing with it heavy rains and flooding, and power outages affecting millions and destruction from high winds.

These are busy days at the Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Vermont with numerous projects under way — finishing up or about to begin. The latter includes a $10 million Terminal Integration Project, known by its acronym TIP. "I also jokingly call it the tip of the iceberg in terms of our expansion plans," said Nick Longo, airport deputy director.

Barko Hydraulics (Barko) announced the addition of Heavy Machines Inc. (Heavy Machines) as the new Barko forestry equipment dealer of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. As a diversified equipment distributor serving several regions throughout the United States, Heavy Machines has two branch locations in Maine, located in Portland and Skowhegan, to serve customers in the northeastern United States.