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Thursday, June 01, 2017

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-
The 50-day bridge closure and the estimated 28-day Lamoille Valley Rail Trail closure is currently underway.  Both the bridge and rail trail are closed to all traffic at the bridge location.  Separate offsite detours are in effect and marked with signs. Detour information can be found in the update below.

Progress Update – June 1, 2017
The week of May 29th, crews continued constructing and backfilling the MSE retaining wall that will support the side slopes of the arch.  They will finish out the week continuing to work on completing the MSE retaining wall and associated backfilling. 

Check the website regularly for new photos - http://stj2bbridge.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/photos.html

Work Plan for Week of June 5, 2017
The final layout and look of the project will become more recognizable next week.  The setting of the large concrete retaining wall panels and the reinforcing and backfilling behind them, are expected to be completed.  Crews will construct and place a concrete collar on the outside rim of the new corrugated arch and install the precast concrete coping on top of the retaining wall. 

Additional efforts this week will include construction and shaping of the arch side slopes and construction of the VT 2B road subbase over the arch. 

Trail Update
- Although the overhead work and heavy equipment use near the trail is estimated to be done by approx. June 8 or 9th, the exact date when the trail can be safely reopened is unconfirmed until the contractor notifies VTrans. Notification is expected at least 24 hours before opening can be permitted. Next week’s construction update will be released early, on Thursday June 8. Please check at the website too.

Construction is expected to occur 7-days a week during the closure period.  Allowable work hours are from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm, as permitted by the St. Johnsbury Noise Ordinance.

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

Detour maps can be found on the project website: http://stj2bbridge.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/index.html

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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