Waterbury Works: Waterbury Area Transportation Projects

OVERVIEW

The Vermont Agency of Transportation’s (VTrans) Waterbury Area Transportation Projects (WATP) are improving transportation and infrastructure in the Waterbury area to meet the immediate and long range needs of the community and the region. Several of the projects were constructed in 2014 and 2015. Others are now in final design or construction. When the entire program is completed, the investment will not only strengthen the region’s transportation system but also contribute to the economic viability, livability and sustainability of local communities.

The individual projects in WATP address a wide range of local and regional needs. The I-89 Bridges Project, which began construction in 2014 to rehab aging interstate structures that provide a critical link to Montpelier and Burlington, is now in its third and final phase. The Roundabout Project, located at Exit 10 on I-89 at the juncture of Route 2 and VT 100, now nearly complete, will improve traffic flow for 12,000+ vehicles per day entering Waterbury and provide a gateway to the community. Related projects, including the Bolton - Waterbury (US 2 Reclaim), Waterbury - Stowe (VT 100 Reclaim), Waitsfield - Moretown - Duxbury (VT 100 Resurfacing), and Richmond - Bolton (US 2 Reclaim) will extend roadway improvements to Stowe and other communities within the region by rehabilitating and repaving roadway along VT 100 and Route 2.

Major work on the State Office Complex is now completed. The 900+ employees who work in the State Office Complex-many of them returning after being displaced by Tropical Storm Irene --- will benefit from improved access that will result from projects in the WATP.

In downtown Waterbury, the Stowe Street Sidewalk project, completed in 2014, improved a 1/2-mile section of sidewalk to increase pedestrian access and safety, including safer routes to Thatcher Brook Elementary School. A series of Supporting Projects will target specific improvements, such as the relocation of an access ramp, traffic signals and repaving of local roadways that will enhance safety and improve the flow of traffic.

The long-awaited reconstruction of Main Street, scheduled to start construction in 2018, will rebuild a 1-mile section of Route 2 integrating pedestrian and streetscape improvements and facilitating access.

VTrans is leading the WATP as part of the Agency’s ongoing effort to maintain and improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and systems and its commitment to rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene. VTrans is partnering with the Town of Waterbury, which is leading the Stowe Street Sidewalk and the Roundabout Projects as well as some of the Supporting Projects.

With active construction on multiple projects, VTrans is continuing the WATP’s comprehensive communications and public outreach program to keep the community informed and minimize disruptions.

VTrans has created this website to provide WATP project information and construction updates. Additional sources of project information include:


We hope that you will visit this website frequently to learn about project updates, construction activities, and travel routes during the construction period.

 

News

  • July 21, 2016

    Construction Update: July 25, 2016

    VTrans would like to keep you informed of construction activities related to the following projects: 

    -       I-89 Bridges Project – Northbound Exit 10 Off-Ramp Bridge

    -       VT 100 Duxbury – Culvert Replacement Project

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    --Rolling road blocks will occur weekly on I-89 northbound between Exit 9 and Exit 10 so the missing tubular markers within the lane division can be replaced.  The next rolling roadblocks are tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 25th, 2016 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm, weather permitting.  Expect traffic delays!

    - Stowe Street will be open with daily lane closures. 

     - TRAFFIC ALERT – Due to the Lacrosse Tournaments in Stowe this weekend, motorists will experience additional congestion and traffic delays Friday evening (7/22) on I-89 NB between Exit 9-Middlesex and Exit-10-Waterbury and Sunday (7/24) afternoon on VT 100S from Stowe to Waterbury.  

    I-89 Bridges Project

    AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)

    Project Location:  The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.

    I-89 Bridges NB Off-Ramp Bridge – 

    Effective Friday, July 22, 2016 – Crews will be setting steel beams for the new Exit 10 Off-Ramp Bridge Saturday (7/23) and continue throughout the week. 

    Crews will also be excavating the new bridge roadway approaches throughout the week. 

    Rolling roadblocks are tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 25th, 2016 between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, weather permitting. Expect delays on I-89 NB.

    Stowe Street –

    Stowe Street will remain open all week with daily lane closures near the bridge for construction related activities.  Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic flow.

    I-89 NB Lane Divisions – Northbound lanes are divided starting approximately one mile south of Exit 10. 

    Northbound thru traffic is restricted to left lane use only. Traffic exiting I-89 at Exit 10 is restricted to right lane use only.  A 50 mph speed limit is in effect within the divided lanes. Motorists are encouraged to merge early into their desired lanes.

    Northbound traffic wanting to exit I-89 is being directed to use the temporary off-ramp detour that was constructed last year.  A reduced speed limit of 25 mph is in effect on the temporary off-ramp detour.

     A 12 ft. lane restriction is in effect within the lane division and temporary off-ramp detour.  


    VT100 Duxbury – Culvert Project
    Project Location: 
    VT 100 Bridge #193 in Duxbury over Crossett Brook

    Crews will begin construction of the coffer dam.  Work will include driving sheet piles and excavating near the brook.  This work will continue for the next several weeks.

    Traffic:  Traffic may be interrupted for brief periods to allow construction vehicles to access the worksite. Traffic control personnel will be present to assist in maintaining traffic flow.  Expect delays. 

    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 with questions.

    Website: http://watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waterbury-Works-Transportation-projects/674775505949928

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaterburyWorks

  • July 19, 2016

    TRAFFIC ALERT:

    Rolling roadblocks today from 9 a.m. - 12 noon on I-89 in from Exits 9-10. Expect delays.

  • July 18, 2016

    Construction Update!

    Please note the schedule for the Stowe Street closures has changed for the week of 7/18/2016!

    Monday (7/18) - Stowe Street will be open. It was previously scheduled to be closed today.

    Tuesday (7/19) & Wednesday (7/20) - Stowe Street will be closed - 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Depending on the progress of the work to set the beams, Stowe Street may also need to be closed to thru traffic under the bridge on Thursday (7/21) and Friday (7/22).

    Please note the following change regarding rolling roadblocks: 

    Rolling roadblocks that were scheduled on I-89 NB for this morning (7/18) have been cancelled.  They will be rescheduled for another day this week.

  • July 13, 2016

    Traffic Alert: I-89 Exit 10 Bridges Structural Steel Deliveries and Stowe Street Closures

    I-89 Bridges Project
    AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)

    Project Location:  The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.

    Structural Steel Beam Deliveries –

    A total of 20 steel beams for the new bridge will be delivered to the project over the next week.  Deliveries are scheduled for Thursday (7/14) and Friday(7/15) of this week and Monday (7/18) thru Wednesday (7/20) of next week.

    Deliveries are scheduled to arrive daily between 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.

    Delivery Route – Due to the length of the beams, the delivery route will run from Exit 9-Middlesex to US 2 to Waterbury Village, through the roundabout to VT 100 N to Stowe Street.


    Traffic – Traffic at VT 100/Blush Hill, Stowe Street and Lincoln Street will be held briefly for the delivery trucks to access the site on Stowe Street.   Expect traffic delays.


    Stowe Street Closure to Thru Traffic–

     Stowe Street will be closed to thru traffic under the Exit 10 off-ramp bridge on Saturday (7/16), Monday (7/18) and Tuesday (7/19) while crews set structural steel for the new bridge above Stowe Street.

    Saturday (7/16) Closure Hours – All Day – Crews will be working throughout the day to set the steel.  Once the work is  complete, Stowe Street will be opened back up to thru traffic under the bridge.

     - Monday (7/18) – Tuesday (7/19) Closure Hours – 8:00 am to 3:30 pm


    During closure periods, local traffic will be able to travel on Stowe Street up to the closure from Main Street and up to the closure from VT 100.

    A marked detour will be in effect for thru traffic as follows -

    - Stowe Street (North) Traffic – Thru traffic from VT 100 and/or the north end of Stowe Street wanting to access the south end of Stowe Street (Main Street/US2) will be directed to VT 100 S to the Roundabout and take Union Street.

    - Stowe Street (South) Traffic – Thru traffic from the south end of Stowe Street (Main Street/US 2) wanting to access VT 100 /north Stowe Street will be directed to use Union Street to the Roundabout to VT 100 N.

    Pedestrians will have access through the closure with the assistance from flaggers.

    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 with questions.

  • July 11, 2016

    Traffic Alert: July 11, 2016

    I-89 Bridges Project
    AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)


    Project Location: The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.

    The rolling roadblocks scheduled for today have been postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.

    This work is weather dependent.  If it rains, the rolling roadblock will be canceled and rescheduled for another time.

    Rolling roadblocks will occur weekly on I-89 northbound between Exit 9 and Exit 10 so crews can maintain the tubular markers within the lane division. 

    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 with questions.

    Website: http://watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waterbury-Works-Transportation-projects/674775505949928

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaterburyWorks
  • July 7, 2016

    Traffic Alert - July 7, 2016

    I-89 Bridges Project

    AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)

    Project Location:  The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.

    Due to a large number of tubular markers being hit and knocked down last night, crews have scheduled rolling roadblocks for Friday, July 8, 2016 between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm on I-89 northbound between Exit 9-Middlesex and Exit 10-Waterbury.   Expect traffic delays.

    The next rolling roadblocks are scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm.
    This work is weather dependent.  If it rains, the rolling roadblock will be canceled and rescheduled for another time.

    Rolling roadblocks will occur weekly on I-89 northbound between Exit 9 and Exit 10 so crews can maintain the tubular markers within the lane division. 

    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 with questions.

  • July 5, 2016

    Traffic Alert: July 5, 2016

    I-89 Bridges Project
    AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)

    Project Location:  The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.


    The rolling roadblocks that were scheduled for today were canceled.

    They have been rescheduled to occur Wednesday, July 6, 2016 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on I-89 northbound between Exit 9-Middlesex and Exit 10-Waterbury.   Expect traffic delays.

    This work is weather dependent.  If it rains, the rolling roadblock will be canceled and rescheduled for another time.

    Rolling roadblocks will occur weekly on I-89 northbound between Exit 9 and Exit 10 so crews can maintain the tubular markers within the lane division. 

    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 with questions.

    Website: http://watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waterbury-Works-Transportation-projects/674775505949928

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaterburyWorks

  • June 15, 2016

    Traffic Alert: I-89 NB Rolling Roadblocks Between Exit 9 - Exit 10 Thursday (6/16)

    I-89 Bridges Project
     AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)

    Project Location: 
    The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.

    Rolling roadblocks will occur Thursday, June 16th between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm on I-89 northbound between Exit 9-Middlesex and Exit 10-Waterbury so the tubular markers within the lane division that are missing can be replaced. 

    Rolling roadblocks will occur weekly on I-89 northbound between Exit 9 and Exit 10 so crews can maintain the tubular markers within the lane division. 

     

    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 with questions.

  • June 8, 2016

    VTrans to Replace Culvert on VT 100 in Duxbury

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Chris Williams
    chris.williams@vermont.gov

     

    VTrans to Replace Culvert on VT 100 in Duxbury

    MONTPELIER, Vt.—June 8, 2016---The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is moving ahead on replacing the culvert which carries Crossett Brook beneath VT 100 in Duxbury.  Earlier this spring, the large aging culvert began showing signs of failure.  Inspections showed significant deterioration of the structure and signs of cracking and sagging in the northbound lane pavement of VT 100.  A temporary two-lane bridge was installed as a temporary measure to carry traffic until the permanent project to replace the culvert was developed.

    The failing multi-plate metal pipe arch system, constructed in 1977, will be replaced by a 28 foot by 8 foot precast concrete frame with a natural stream bottom, making it more resilient to larger storm events and provide aquatic organism passage.  Several structural alternatives were considered for this site. Given the site constraints and accelerated projects schedule, a wider, open bottomed concrete frame was selected.  This new structure will be hydraulically adequate and meet state stream equilibrium standards.

    Construction is expected to start the week of June 13th with the completion of the replacement scheduled for November 2016.  Crews will return in the spring of 2017 for site restoration and final paving. 

    An off-alignment two-lane temporary bridge will be installed by mid-July to carry traffic until VT 100 is restored. Traffic may be interrupted periodically to allow equipment and trucks to access the site.

    Weekly construction updates are posted on the Waterbury Works website at http://watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov and emailed to those who register on the website. Regular updates are also provided on 511, Facebook, Twitter, and via VTrans’ On the Road program. 

    The Duxbury VT Route 100 Bridge replacement project is part of the Waterbury Area Transportation Projects (WATP), a series of transportation and infrastructure improvement projects in the Waterbury area that will meet the immediate and long range needs of the community and the region.  The Roundabout and Stowe Street sidewalk projects were also a part of WATP.  The entire series of projects is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

  • June 6, 2016

    Rolling Road Blocks for Tuesday 6/7 Cancelled

    Rolling road blocks scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 have been cancelled. Please note that rolling road blocks will occur weekly on I-89 northbound between Exit 9 and Exit 10 so the tubular markers within the lane division can be replaced.  

  • May 3, 2016

    TRAFFIC ALERT - Stowe Street to be Closed to Thru Traffic Under Exit 10 Off-Ramp Bridge & Public Meeting Reminder

    May 3, 2016

     I-89 Bridges Project
     AOT Project No. IM 089-2(43)

    Project Location: 
    The I-89 Bridges Project is located at Exit 10 on I-89 in Waterbury.

    Stowe StreetClosure to Thru Traffic–

    Stowe Street will be closed to thru traffic under the Exit 10 off-ramp bridge on Thursday (5/5) and Friday (5/6) while crews remove Pier 1. The closure period for both days will be from 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

    During closure periods, local traffic will be able to travel on Stowe Street up to the closure from Main Street and up to the closure from VT 100.  

    A marked detour will be in effect for thru traffic as follows -  

    > Stowe Street (North) Traffic – Thru traffic from VT 100 and/or the north end of Stowe Street wanting to access the south end of Stowe Street (Main Street/US2) will be directed to VT 100 S to the Roundabout and take Union Street.

    > Stowe Street (South) Traffic – Thru traffic from the south end of Stowe Street (Main Street/US 2) wanting to access VT 100 /north Stowe Street will be directed to use Union Street to the Roundabout to VT 100 N. 


    Pedestrians will have access through the closure with the assistance from flaggers. 

     
    Please focus on safety when driving through the construction work zone and remember, it is illegal in Vermont 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, 802-479-6994 or Barb Farr, 802-888-3810 with questions.

    Website: http://watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waterbury-Works-Transportation-projects/674775505949928
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaterburyWorks

    VT100 Duxbury – Culvert Project

    Project Location:  VT 100 Bridge #193 in Duxbury over Crossett Brook

    REMINDER - Public Information Meeting - The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Town of Duxbury will hold a Public Information Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Crossett Brook Middle School located at 5672 Vermont 100, Duxbury, Vermont. 

    The existing pipe metal arch culvert will be replaced during the 2016 construction season with a wider open bottom arch culvert to provide greater resiliency to larger storm event and aquatic organism passage.  Traffic will be maintained on an off-alignment two-lane, two-way temporary bridge.  There may be periodic short term lane closures to allow the contractor access to the site.

    The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of this bridge replacement project to Town Officials, local residents, businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, maintenance of traffic and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period.
    This project on VT Route 100 is approximately 0.7 miles south of the intersection of VT Route 100 and VT Route 2.

    A copy of the project factsheet for this project is available online at: 

    https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/vtrans/external/Projects/Structures/16b001  

  • April 18, 2016

    Public Information Meeting - May 9, 2016

    April 18, 2016

    A Public Information Meeting on the project listed below will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Crossett Brook Middle School located at 5672 Vermont 100, Waterbury, Vermont.  The meeting will be held by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Town of Duxbury.

    Culvert Replacement project:

    Duxbury BF 013-4(47) – VT Route 100 Bridge #193 over Crossett Brook 

    The existing pipe metal arch culvert will be replaced during the 2016 construction season with a wider open bottom arch culvert to provide greater resiliency to larger storm event and aquatic organism passage.  Traffic will be maintained on an off-alignment two-lane, two-way temporary bridge.  There may be periodic short term lane closures to allow the contactor access to the site.

    The intent of the meeting is to provide an overview of this bridge replacement project to Town Officials, local residents, businesses, emergency services and other interested parties. There will be a review of the existing site conditions, proposed work, maintenance of traffic and overall schedule followed by a question and answer period.

    This project on VT Route 100 is approximately 0.7 miles south of the intersection of VT Route 100 and VT Route 2.

    A copy of the project factsheet for this project is available online at:  

    https://outside.vermont.gov/agency/vtrans/external/Projects/Structures/16b001

  • April 13, 2016

    Reduced Speed Limits and Traffic Pattern Changes at I-89 Northbound Exit 10 - Waterbury

    VTrans is moving ahead on construction to replace the northbound Exit 10 off-ramp bridge, the third and final phase of the I-89 Bridges project. Replacement of the off-ramp bridge will require closing the existing bridge which carries exiting northbound traffic to VT 100. Crews are preparing for the northbound off-ramp closure and traffic shift to occur on Friday, April 15th, 2016, weather permitting.

    The I-89 northbound traffic pattern will be identical to last year with northbound lanes divided by tubular markers, permanent markings and barrels. Northbound thru traffic will be restricted to left lane use only and traffic exiting I-89 at Exit 10 will be restricted to right lane use only.  During the northbound off-ramp bridge closure, I-89 traffic wanting to exit the interstate will be directed to the temporary off-ramp detour that was constructed last year.  

    To promote a safe transition from I-89 onto the temporary ramp, a reduced posted speed limit of 25 mph will be in effect on the temporary ramp. VTrans has included several traffic control measures to warn exiting motorists about the 25 mph speed limit zone.  In addition to posted speed limit signs, advance warning will include installation of two sets of transverse rumble strips, which will span across the right lane in strategic locations. Radar speed feedback signs will also be in place between the two sets of rumble strips.   Additionally, a right turn warning sign will be installed at the turn to the exit ramp which will light up if it detects vehicle speeds higher than 25 mph. 

    Southbound I-89 traffic can expect two lanes open at Exit 10, except for occasional times when single temporary lane closures may be necessary.

    In 2015, the two mainline I-89 bridges at Exit 10 were rehabilitated and during the 2016 construction season the northbound off-ramp bridge will be reconstructed. 



  • May 3, 2015

    VT Alerts!

    VT-Alert is a great way to stay informed of emergency-related information. Please register here if you would like to receive email, text or voice alerts, http://www.vtalert.gov/home.aspx.

  • April 30, 2015

    Smart Work Zone Now in Operation

    The Smart Work Zone in Waterbury is now in operation with variable message signs posted on I-89, US 2 and VT 100 to alert travelers to construction related traffic conditions and detours.

    Messages will be programmed from VTrans Traffic Operations Center. These movable message signs will be relocated as needed based on the location of construction activity and traffic patterns.

    The Smart Work Zone provides Advanced Traveler Information during the construction of the new I-89 bridges. A full array of Portable Changeable Message Signs (PCMS), Wavetronics radar traffic sensors, and video cameras broadcast live data to a public website created for this Project. 

    https://public.jamlogic.com/zone/vt-waterbury

    Google Chrome is recommended to view the live traffic cameras. 
    Click here to download the Google Chrome browser.

    The general public can view the construction Work Zone traffic conditions at several locations in real time 24/7 and see the messages posted on the PCMS’s. The site’s traffic sensors continuously monitor traffic volumes through the Work Zone and alter PCMS messages regarding potential delays or expected travel times to certain destinations automatically based on pre-determined congestion thresholds, e.g. during peak commuting times. VTrans monitors the Work Zone for traffic congestion and incidents requiring emergency responses, such as disabled vehicles or crashes. When situations such as these do occur and public notification is warranted, VTrans will be able to respond quickly and alert drivers remotely through changes in the PCMS messaging and the website.