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Vermont interstate ledge removal will close exit for 6 weeks

January 14, 2019

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Agency of Transportation officials are spreading the early word about a summer ledge-removal project that will close the Interstate 89 northbound off ramp at exit 6 in Barre.

The Times Argus reports construction is expected to begin around June 1 and state officials are trying to prepare people who use the exit and the communities that will be affected by the six-week closure.

About 1,400 vehicles a day use the exit.

Meetings have already been held in Williamstown and the town of Barre. A meeting is planned for Berlin.

Public Outreach coordinator Natalie Boyle says the state is working “to make this as painless as possible.”

The need for the project was highlighted by a 2012 rock-fall that dropped pieces of ledge onto a 300-foot stretch of interstate.

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