Transportation agency goes over winter salt budget
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says it has gone over its allocated winter salt budget as the state faced a series of snowstorms and freeze-thaw...
Planned paving of potholed road to start in 2 years
MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says it plans to start repaving a potholed section of Route 2 between Plainfield and Danville in two years.
Vermont gets more than $2M in Amtrak rail safety grants
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is getting more than $2 million for safety upgrades along the route of the Amtrak Vermonter, addressing conditions that resulted in a 2015 derailment.
The money from the Federal Railroad Administration will be used to correct slopes, repair culverts and install rock fall detection systems along the New England Central Railroad, which hosts the Amtrak service.
New commuter bus service proposed for Barre and Burlington
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Transit is launching a new bus service for commuters between Burlington and Barre with help from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
The Times Argus reports the proposed Barre LINK Express would travel between the two cities twice a day on weekdays with stops in Richmond and Waterbury.
Road closed after concrete falls from Interstate 189 bridge
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A city street in South Burlington has been closed after a chunk of concrete fell from an Interstate 189 overpass and hit a passing car.
Police in the Vermont city reported the problem on Farrell Street just after 8 a.m. Friday.
No injuries were reported, but police say the driver of the car that was hit got a scare.
Roadway between 2 Vermont communities to remain 4 lanes
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says business Route 4 from the Rutland Town Office to West Rutland will remain as four lanes.
There had been discussion among the select boards from the town of Rutland and West Rutland about whether to reduce the road to three lanes, two north-southbound lanes on either side with a third turning lane in the middle.
State tells city to sign project agreement, city sues
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says Rutland should sign an agreement with the state that would require the city to assume costs related to potential damages in a project.
Vermont interstate ledge removal will close exit for 6 weeks
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.
Agency hopes to work with Rutland to resolve records dispute
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says it does not want to go to court with Rutland over a public records dispute.
Officials decide against installing safety net at bridge
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials have decided to not move forward with a plan to build a temporary net meant to prevent suicides at a bridge over a deep gorge.
Mynbc.com reports Vermont Agency of Transportation is keeping its plan for a permanent safety fence instead.
Vermont to test Amber Alert system Friday
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Public Safety will be testing the state's Amber Alert system.
Smugglers Notch closes for season due to winter weather
STOWE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation says Smugglers Notch is officially closed for the season.
The agency made the announcement Tuesday to officially close Route 108 at cold temperatures and snow begins to accumulate. WCAX-TV reports there are already several inches of snow on the Stowe-area road, and up to a half foot more in snowfall is expected.
VTrans owes $81K for project that affected wetland area
CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation may owe money for damage done to a wetland area from a baseball field project.
Construction of suicide prevention fence over gorge to start
QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — The construction of a temporary fence meant to prevent suicides at a Vermont bridge over a deep gorge is due to begin.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation says construction of the fence on the Quechee Gorge bridge will begin Monday.
During day-time construction traffic over the U.S. Route 4 bridge over the Ottauquechee River will be restricted to one lane.
Fence meant to prevent suicides delayed for foliage tourism
QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — The construction of a temporary fence meant to prevent suicides at a Vermont bridge has been delayed due to concerns that construction could hurt fall foliage tourism.
Vermont Agency of Transportation officials said on Tuesday that it has moved the construction start date at the Quechee Gorge bridge to Oct. 15. Valley News reports the agency says it will provide additional security in its stead.
Bridge fence meant to prevent suicides behind schedule
QUECHEE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state officials say the installation of a temporary fence at the Quechee Gorge Bridge meant to prevent suicides is behind schedule.
Vermont Agency of Transportation spokeswoman Jill Barrett said the project will be completed by Oct. 26. The Valley News reports work on the project is scheduled to start within the next two weeks.
Grant will help buy electric buses for central Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A grant of almost $410,000 will be used to buy electric buses that will be used by Green Mountain Transit in the Montpelier area.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation received the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to buy the vehicles.
The Low or No Emission Program provides state and local funds to purchase low-emission transit buses and necessary infrastructure updates needed to electrify them.
HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials plan to install a temporary fence on the Quechee Gorge Bridge to prevent suicides.
Vermont Agency of Transportation officials Tuesday in Hartford a 9-foot-tall chain link fence would be built on both sides of the bridge. The fence will include viewing cutouts for visitors.
Critics of the fence say it's not aesthetically pleasing and detracts from the view at the bridge.
Man, 88, dies in crash on Vermont Route 9
MARLBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say an 88-year-old driver crashed into a parked dump truck and died.
The crash on Route 9 in Marlboro was reported Thursday morning. Police say the westbound car driven by Alfred Wolfsohn, of Stamford, Connecticut, crossed the centerline and struck a Vermont Agency of Transportation truck that was parked in the breakdown lane.
Wolfsohn was unresponsive. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont state officials say a number of state workers will have their workweek disrupted due to damage from a weekend fire.
POWNAL, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials have accepted a town's request to study a local stretch of U.S. Route 7 in Pownal after two fatal crashes in the same spot less than a month apart.
Pownal Select Board members wrote in support of the study in March for an approximately 2.5 mile stretch of the state highway where two men died in separate crashes earlier this year.
Vermont, Quebec, discuss transportation project goals
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Vermont and Quebec are discussing transportation ideas such as an electric car charging corridor and the restoration of Amtrak Vermonter passenger rail service to Montreal.
Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn, Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard, Minister of Transport Andre Fortin, and other Canadian delegates and members of the business community discussed the projects after touring Montreal's Electric Vehicle Show on Friday.
Vermont tests Amber Alert system Friday
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is testing its Amber Alert system.
The test takes place Friday from about 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Department of Public Safety will be testing various components of the system, including the VT-Alert system that sends phone messages to thousands of subscribers. The Vermont Agency of Transportation boards will have information about the exercise, and the Vermont Lottery will activate its system to include messages on their signs, tickets and kiosks.
Vermont rail trail agreement finalized
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers and the state have reached an agreement concerning construction on a 93-mile trail statewide trail.
Vermont airport gets $3.5m to repave runway, other fixes
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont state airport in Bennington is getting a $3.5 million grant to rebuild the runway and make a series of other improvements.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation announced the grant for the William H. Morse State Airport that came from the Federal Aviation Administration's airport improvement program.
Vermont warns of Interstate 89 closures for bridge project
MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is warning motorists that Interstate 89 between Middlesex and Montpelier is going to be closed at night one direction at a time so construction crews can set the steel for a new bridge over the interstate.
The northbound closure is scheduled to begin Sept. 5 and last through Sept. 13.
The southbound closure is scheduled to run from Sept 14 through Sept. 21.
CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — The narrow mountain highway known as Smugglers Notch that links the Vermont towns of Stowe and Jeffersonville is now open for the season.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation announced Tuesday that the road, known officially as Vermont Route 108, is now open to vehicle traffic.
The state makes no effort to keep the highway open during the winter. Its opening and closing every spring and fall helps unofficially mark the beginning of summer or winter.
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials are looking for a provider to run a bus service between Manchester and Bennington and transportation centers in the Albany, New York, area.
The contractor would be required to make a minimum of two stops in Manchester and up to two stops in Bennington before carrying the passengers to the station in Rensselaer, New York, followed by the bus station and the Albany airport.
State agencies identify most treacherous stretch of I-89
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — State police and the Vermont Agency of Transportation say the most treacherous stretch of Interstate 89 is between Exit 16 in Colchester and Exit 13 in South Burlington.
The agencies collected and analyzed data to identify the busiest and most crash-prone section of the interstate.
Vermont Transportation Agency: don’t crowd the plow
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers to slow down in winter conditions and not to "crowd the plow" after a snow plow truck was hit.
The agency says the plow was rear-ended Tuesday morning as it was clearing snow on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro.
An agency spokesman tells NBC Boston (http://bit.ly/2jSBQqQ ) that the crash was minor but that it underscored a request from plow drivers: "Don't crowd the plow."
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The weather on Monday led to delays for several flights out of Burlington and keeping your car on the road was tough.
The snow started in the Champlain Valley around 5:15 a.m. It accumulated quickly as much as an inch an hour in some places turning the roads into slippery messes.
Can crews keep Vt. roads safer in bad winter weather?
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Tuesday's morning commute was sloppy, slippery and slick.
"Just a bunch of icy roads," said Dustin Montoya, FedEx driver.
More than 50 Vermont drivers ended up in ditches.
Traffic was at a standstill on several major highways.
Vermont urges towns to document road projects before snow
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging municipalities to start planning now for road projects that could be eligible for grants that support the use of erosion control and maintenance techniques to save money while protecting Vermont's lake and streams.
The agency anticipates that grant applications for the Better Roads Program will be accepted between Jan. 23 and March 17, 2007.
Vermont getting an additional $16m in federal highway funds
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an additional $16 million in federal highway funds it can spend on its transportation projects.
The state became eligible to receive the money after the state met all of its fiscal year deadlines for federally-funded projects.
GPS getting truckers into trouble on narrow Vermont road
CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation wants global positioning service providers to help keep big rig operators from getting into trouble.
Officials blame tractor-trailer operators relying on GPS units instead of heeding road signs for vehicles getting stuck and causing closures on Route 108, a windy mountain pass, between Cambridge and Stowe, Vermont.
Josh Schultz of VTrans says it's not just a Vermont problem; it's a national problem.
Vermont gets over $4 million in transit grants
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Transportation has been awarded over $4 million in federal grants to help buy buses for the state's largest transit provider and for pilot programs in the Ascutney, Windsor and St. Johnsbury regions.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and Transportation Secretary Chris Cole said Wednesday that the funding will help to buy 10 large vehicles for Green Mountain Transit, which was formerly known as CCTA.