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 and the Town of Stowe on the Waterbury - Stowe VT 100 Project and Main Street Project.
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.
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VTrans Completes Interstate 89 Bridges Project in Waterbury, VT
Waterbury, VT—November 10, 2017---The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced the completion of the Interstate 89 Bridges Project. Work on the I-89 southbound and northbound bridges, near Exit 10, was substantially complete at the end of October and work continues to complete remaining minor work items. Construction was phased to reduce potential impacts to the public from this complex bridge construction.
Preparation for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Interstate 89 northbound and southbound mainline bridges began in the summer of 2014. The project repaired or replaced aging parts of the I-89 substructure and the concrete decks of the northbound and southbound bridges, as well as completed improvements on VT 100 and Stowe Street in Waterbury.
In 2014, a traffic signal was installed at the intersection of the I-89 northbound off-ramp and VT 100 in Waterbury. This, along with adjustments to the three existing traffic signals along Route 100, greatly improved traffic flow throughout the area.
Modifications were made to the two I-89 southbound on-ramps in Waterbury. The VT 100 northbound on-ramp to I-89 southbound was permanently closed in 2015, while the acceleration lane on the VT 100 southbound on-ramp to I-89 southbound was extended onto I-89 to meet current design standards.
In 2016, crews began work on the full replacement of the northbound off-ramp at Exit 10. The existing off-ramp was replaced with a two pier, three span bridge. To reduce deterioration of the new bridge due to leaking at expansion joints, the new bridge was constructed with a continuous steel girders with expansion joints only at the ends. The ramp was also reconstructed to accommodate a second travel lane. The bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, October 14, 2016, two weeks ahead of schedule.
In 2017, improvements were made to Newton Baker Park located along Thatcher Brook on Stowe Street beneath the I-89 bridges. Portions of Stowe Street were repaved and a new parking area was constructed. In addition, new curbing and a sidewalk was installed along the east side of Stowe Street.
The Interstate 89 Bridges Project is part of the Waterbury Area Transportation Projects, a series of projects in the Waterbury area designed to improve transportation infrastructure in the Waterbury area to meet the needs throughout the community and the region. The series consists of completed projects such as the installation of the US 2/VT 100 roundabout, the replacement of a VT Route 100 Bridge C193 in Duxbury, VT 100 Bridge Reconstruction and VT 108 Bridge Reconstruction in Stowe, and more throughout the area. Future projects including the Waterbury Main Street project and Waterbury-Stowe VT 100 Reclaim are also part of the series.
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