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Vermont town anticipating disruption for rail project

November 30, 2019 GMT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Transportation Agency officials say a five-year $60 million rail improvement project for downtown Middlebury is going to cause significant disruption next summer.

The project involves expanding a tunnel through the downtown to accommodate Amtrak passenger and larger freight trains.

MyNBC5 reports resident Engineer Tim Pockette says Middlebury’s Merchants Row, Main Street and the railroad will be closed to pedestrians, vehicles and trains from May 27 until the beginning of August.

The transportation agency has been working with merchants to devise an alternative plan to reach the downtown during the period.

Vermont transportation officials say Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express passenger train could reach Burlington by 2021, the same year the Middlebury project is scheduled to be completed.