VTrans to close Route 107 in Stockbridge to all traffic

first_imgAt midnight on Sunday, December 11, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will close a 1.1 mile section of Route 107 in Stockbridge so work crews can expedite final repairs to the road and replace two culverts that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The road is expected to remain closed for more than a week. Closing this segment will enable the  Agency to meet its goal of opening the road before the end of the year. Route 107 between its intersection with Route 100 in Stockbridge and the Post Office in Gaysville is already closed to all but local traffic. Sunday’s closure, however, will shut down this 1.1 mile road segment to all traffic, including to local residents. The Stockbridge section of Route 107 that will close on Sunday will begin approximately 1.4 miles east of Route 107’s intersection with Route 100, and extend 1.1 miles east to Route 107’s intersection with Ranney Road. Ranney Road is located just west of the Stockbridge Central School. Since Route 107 is currently closed to through traffic, VTrans has not designated a detour. However, residential traffic ‘ including those needing access to Stockbridge Central School ‘ will be able to use Blackmer Boulevard to bypass the construction. No residents or businesses will be stranded as a result of the closure because there are no buildings located along the 1.1 miles of Route 107 that will be closed. The new construction will not impact the other sections of Route 107 that were damaged by the storm. A section of Route 107 just west of Tozier’s Restaurant in Bethel has been closed to all traffic since Irene struck on August 28, and will remain closed until the entire roadway reopens sometime in late December. Replacing the two culverts in Stockbridge is among the final tasks necessary before Route 107 can be reopened in its entirety. The seven miles of road stretching from its intersection with Route 100 in Stockbridge, east towards Tozier’s Restaurant in Bethel, experienced heavy damage during Tropical Storm Irene.  This remains the last damaged stretch of Vermont state highway still closed as a result of the storm. Irene struck on August 28, 2011 and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only two bridge locations along Route 12A in Roxbury and seven miles of Route 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel remain closed 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) and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans 12.6.2011last_img


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