This week I want to remind you that the breeding or rutting season for moose normally occurs between mid-September and mid-October. The Bull moose sometimes bellows, thrash trees and brush and they travel around a lot. They are often erratic in their behavior and may claim the road as their own. VTrans wants you to be extra careful should you encounter a moose at any time in the roadway but especially during this one month period. Don't get out of your car to take a picture and don't try to intimidate the animal with your vehicle. Be patient, keep your distance and don't crowd the moose.
I-89 In Milton a bridge project with northbound lane closures from 7 AM to 4 PM and southbound lane closures from 10 AM to 7 PM; expect delays. Southbound in Colchester a culvert lining project will require shoulder closures, then lane closures; expect delays. The Exit 10 northbound off ramp in Waterbury is being replaced; expect divided lanes and slower speed limits that will affect traffic. More rolling roadblocks during the week.
I-91 still has projects affecting traffic this week. Starting in Irasburg, bridge work will require one-lane traffic; that will slow traffic through the work zone. In the Ryegate area culvert work in the southbound lane will create lane and speed reductions. Finally, I-91 in Brattleboro has a major bridge project that has relocated single lane traffic onto the southbound bridge.
Around the state
• VT 102 in Lemington and Canaan has a paving project with single-lane traffic and reduced speeds. Expect delays.
• VT 242 in Jay will have reduced lanes with traffic lights for a culvert replacement project.
• VT 58 in Irasburg has a bridge project that may close one lane. Expect short delays.
• US 7 in St. Albans City and Swanton will have lane closures and alternating one-lane traffic for paving projects. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on these projects. Expect delays.
• US 2 Milton will have active work crews working on sign bases. Expect minor delays.
• VT 117 Maple Street in Essex will have milling and other road work affecting traffic this week. Expect delays.
• RT 15 at the Hyde Park roundabout has some reconstruction work that should be completed by early October.
• VT 12 between Worcester and Elmore has milling and reclaiming work affecting traffic. Expect delays.
• VT 100B south of Moretown village has a one-lane bridge project. Expect lane and speed reductions.
• VT 17 between Starksboro and Buel's Gore will have alternating one-lane traffic for paving this week. Expect delays.
• Plunkton Road in Granville will be closed to all traffic for 14 days starting 9/6 and continuing until 9/20. A culvert replacement project will be conducted during the closure.
• US 7 has multiple roadway projects that will require slower speeds and delays in all work zones. From East Thompson's Point to Wildwood West Development, crews will complete detour construction for next year. Ethan Allen Highway to East Thompson's Point will get fine grading in preparation for paving. From Ferrisburgh to Charlotte, crews will begin preparation for paving this week. Expect more concrete barriers. Crews will begin night work north of Yandow Sales Thursday Sept. 22 and possibly into Saturday Sept. 24. Crews will be working around the clock in this work zone. Expect delays.
• US 302 in Groton continues to have lane closures. Short delays in this work zone.
• US 5 from Bradford to Ryegate has a 16-mile paving project with lane reductions. Expect delays.
• US 5 Newbury State Highway has a paving project that will last until September. Short delays.
• VT 25B has a bridge project causing lane closures and delays.
• VT 113 has five active operations within this project that are affecting traffic this week: In Vershire a bridge project will reduce traffic to one lane and a paving project in Thetford will cause some delays.
• VT 12 from Randolph to Bethel has a paving project that may cause delays.
• VT 7 from Ferrisburgh/Charlotte town line to Middlebury has multiple road improvement projects that are causing delays and lane closures. This week will see pavement marking and shoulder work.
• VT 7 in New Haven has a bridge project affecting traffic in both the northbound and southbound lanes. Watch for lane and speed reductions.
• VT 10A in Norwich has a culvert project lasting three to four weeks. A bicycle lane will be closed during this period. Expect one lane traffic, reduced speeds and delays.
• VT 125 in Hancock has lane restrictions for a 6.5-mile paving project. Expect delays.
• VT 100 in Killington has a bridge replacement project with signalized one-way traffic over a one-way temporary bridge.
• US 4 has several projects affecting traffic. First, in Mendon a culvert replacement project with a two-way detour and 13-foot lanes. Repaving and guardrail replacement in this area will cause delays. Finally, between Hartford and Woodstock, a paving project is causing delays.
• US 4 in Castleton has bridge work affecting traffic this week.
• Ripley Road in Rutland is closed for a bridge project.
• Depot Street Bridge in Cavendish is closed. Detour in place.
• Cavendish Gulf Road will be closed for 28 days for slope stabilization, starting Sept. 8.
• US 7 has three projects causing delays: From Rutland to Wallingford, Manchester to Dorset, and then in Wallingford where construction will cause temporary short-term closures. Expect night work 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
• VT 100 in Wardsboro has a bridge project and a roadway improvement project near Mt. Snow causing short delays.
• RT 140 and RT 103 in East Wallingford will have construction projects that will affect traffic.
• US 7 in Pownal has a bridge project with lane closures and minor delays.
— Brent Curtis is the public outreach coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.firstname.lastname@example.org