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 read more

TD LAUNCHES BID FOR BETTER BROADBAND

first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue is to hold a public meeting for local business owners in Buncrana and Carndonagh who are in need of better broadband and telecoms services.Deputy McConalogue has said the aim is to encourage the use of the Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN) which were installed in both towns a number of years ago but have not as yet been used.Deputy McConalogue said: “The Metropolitan Area Network Programme was an initiative delivered under the National Development Plan 2000-2006 aimed at delivering high speed telecommunications to a number of towns across the country. “The MAN in Letterkenny has been very successful, with many businesses using the network to access high speed broadband services. But despite this, neither the Buncrana or Carndonagh MAN’s have been used for the purpose of providing improved broadband services to existing or new businesses.“Having made enquiries into this, I have been informed that the availability of a number of businesses expressing an interest is an important factor in attracting telecom providers to provide a service through the MAN. It is also a factor in the cost of any service to local businesses.“Although the likely cost of the service would be more than for the standard services provided through Eircom lines or wirelessly, I feel there could be a number of businesses for whom using the service could be economically viable.   I am therefore aiming to establish if there is a demand in Buncrana and Carndonagh that would lead to a telecom company taking an interest in using it to provide a high quality broadband service locally.”He added: “Having recently met with e|net, the company for MAN’s throughout the country, I am now organising a public meeting for local businesses and other potential users from Buncrana and Carndonagh.  The meeting will take place on Monday 26th September 2011 at 6pm in the Lake of Shadows Hotel, Buncrana.  I have invited Niall Beirne of e|net to attend this meeting and he will be in a position to advise interested parties on how it is possible to move closer to having the MAN infrastructure in both towns connected in order to provide better broadband services.” Anyone interested in finding out more can contact the TD on 074 9373131 or charlie.mcconalogue@oireachtas.ie.TD LAUNCHES BID FOR BETTER BROADBAND was last modified: September 14th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbandbuncranaCarndonaghletterkennylast_img read more