Route 7 bridge in Clarendon and Route 100 through Granville now open to public travel

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a storm-damaged bridge along Route 7 in Clarendon. Opening the bridge to public travel removes the last impediment to free-flowing traffic along the entire length of Route 7, which is western Vermont’s most significant highway. VTrans today also opened the storm-damaged portion of Route 100 between Warren and Rochester, eliminating a significant detour around Granville. Tropical Storm Irene swelled the Cold River in Clarendon, which runs underneath Route 7, causing it to wash away the a large section of the roadway’s approach to the bridge just south of Route 7’s intersection with Route 4. The damage severed the roadway, leaving a nearly 30-foot deep opening to the ground below. Crews rebuilt the roadway approach and repaired the bridge damage in little more than three weeks, restoring normal traffic and eliminating the need for detours.Roadway crews today also opened the section of Route 100 that runs through Granville, eliminating the need for a lengthy detour. During Tropical Storm Irene, several miles of Route 100 that is commonly referred to as Granville Gulf received heavy damage by floodwaters. The reopened portion of Route 100 through Granville is not yet paved, but the roadway is now open to the public. Motorists should expect delays as crews continue to make roadway repairs, as well as reduced speeds due to its gravel surface. 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) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. September 20, 2011last_img

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