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

  • May 20, 2016

    Construction Update: May 23, 2016

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

    -       Waterbury Roundabout Project

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

    -       VT 100 Duxbury – Culvert Replacement Project

    Waterbury Roundabout Project

    AOT Project No: STP SGNL(18)

    Project Location: 
    Intersection of Routes 100/2 in Waterbury. 2016 work location is on US 2 east of the Roundabout.

    Construction crews will complete box cutting and drainage replacement in the westbound lane mid-week.

    After the westbound lane work is completed, crews will work on installing new curbing and light poles on each side of US 2 throughout the remainder of the week.  Traffic will be shifted to use the normal travel lanes with lane width restrictions as they will be working on each outside edge of US 2.

    Union Street will remain open for full use all week.

    Two-way traffic will be maintained within the construction area for most of the week.  Traffic may be interrupted while crews prepare for the traffic pattern change mid-week.

    Traffic:  Minor traffic delays can be expected.

     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 – Crews will work Saturday (5/21) and throughout the week of May 23, 2016 to continue removing the old bridge piers located off Stowe Street.  Piers 1, 2 and 5 have been removed.

    Crews are planning to pour concrete for abutment 1 and possibly abutment 2.  Work may also include forming of pier 1. 

    Stowe Street – Traffic on Stowe Street can expect intermittent 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

    There is no work planned for this week.

    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

  • 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.