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Thursday, May 04, 2017

We all enjoyed the sunshine today, but there was a chilly wind.  We were in St. J. this morning and it was quite nice there - the trees and flowers are further along than they are here at the pond, and it really put us in a springtime mood.  

I was just outside and found out there are some pesky bugs already.  I haven't seen any black flies yet, but I'm sure it won't be long  before they are driving us all a little crazy.  Time to get out the bug juice!

Here is a report on the construction that will disrupt the Rail Trail for several weeks beginning on May 10.  Click on the links provided for details of the construction and how to detour around the bridge site where the trail will be closed near St. Johnsbury.
 Construction Update
St. Johnsbury VT 2B – Bridge Project
BF 7000(20)
Project Location:  Bridge 6 is located on VT 2B in St. Johnsbury over the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.  The bridge is less than one half mile west of Route 2B’s eastern intersection with US Route 2.

Bridge and Rail Trail Closure -
 A 50-day bridge closure and an estimated 28-day Lamoille Valley Rail Trail closure will start on May 10th, 2017.  Both the bridge and rail trail will close to all traffic at the bridge location.  Separate offsite detours will be marked with signs directing thru traffic around the project.  Detour maps can be found on the project website: http://stj2bbridge.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/index.html

Detour Note
- Bicyclists are not permitted to ride on the US 2 detour.  US 2 is a limited access highway.

Week of May 8, 2017
Monday and Tuesday, crews will continue mobilizing equipment and material to the site in preparation for the bridge closure period. 
After the bridge and trail are closed Wednesday morning, crews will remove the pavement from the bridge deck and work on demolishing the bridge through the end of the week.

Construction is scheduled to occur 7 days a week during the bridge closure period.

Detour Routes-
The following detours will be in effect during the bridge and trail closure period.
                - VT 2B traffic will be directed to use US 2. 
                - Trail users will be directed to use Crow Hill Road, Swett Road, Tilton Road and Parker Road, as designated by the Town of St. Johnsbury.

It is illegal in VT to use any handheld portable electronic devices while driving. The law carries fines of up to $200 with points assessed if the violation occurs in a work zone.

Contact Francine Perkins, Project Outreach Coordinator, FRP Enterprises, LLC with any questions or concerns with regards to the project at 802-479-6994.  Construction updates and project photos are posted at http://stj2bbridge.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/index.html


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