By Kara Herlihy
Moretown First Constable Ray Munn told select board members that "a lot of progress has been made" since a bridge located 4.5 miles north of Moretown village was closed for repairs.
Munn has been monitoring the construction since the bridge closed on July 20 and gave town officials an update at their August 3 meeting.
The 364-foot bridge was closed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation to undergo repairs to the deteriorating deck and failing joints. The bridge will remain closed to all traffic until August 17, while construction takes place 24/7.
Traffic is currently being detoured on Route 100 north toward Waterbury, then onto Route 2 east toward Middlesex.
Additional detour signage was added, according to Munn, on the Montpelier side and at the Middlesex exit of the interstate, following an increase in traffic over Moretown Common Road.
This week the concrete deck is scheduled to be poured, the approaches will be paved and the containment platform will be removed, according to CCS public relations officer Julie Chauvin.
Moretown Common Road remains open to local traffic only and, according to traffic counts has been traveled by 1,300 cars per day. Pre-construction/bridge closure traffic counts indicated an average of 330 cars per day, according to town officials.
The Vermont State Police and the Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to the town's request for increased patrol on the Moretown Common Road, and according to Munn, have "issued a lot of tickets."
Since the patrol has increased, "people are slowing down," Munn continued. Select board chair Rae Washburn said that the state has agreed to reimburse the town for the constable and sheriff's department coverage.
Increased police coverage has been focused on morning and afternoon periods in an effort to control speeding and traffic during heavy commuter times.
PROJECT IS BEHIND
The project is behind, according to Munn, most likely as a result of the recent heavy rain. Currently, the bridge is scheduled to reopen on August 17.