On Monday, July 13, crews removed Middlebury's Main Street bridge to make way for the construction of a new rail tunnel. The bridge removal marked the start of a 10-week intense period of construction in downtown Middlebury. Businesses remain open!
MIDDLEBURY — The scheduled 10-week closure of Middlebury’s Main Street and Merchants Row is still around six months away, but town officials have already mapped out and approved a plan for temporarily re-routing traffic and reconfiguring parking spaces during what will be a tumultuous construction period for the downtown.
Closure of the two key roads is currently slated for May 27 to Aug. 5, during which contractors will be installing a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel that will supplant the Main Street and Merchants Row bridges. That tunnel is the centerpiece of the $72 million project, which...
DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURY HAS been a beehive of construction activity this week as workers prepare the rail corridor for a tunnel that will replace the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in downtown Middlebury was slower than usual this week, as work on the $72 million rail bridges replacement project jumped from the train corridor to Main Street.
Main Street traffic was relegated to one lane beginning on Monday as two Kubricky Construction crews excavated several feet below the blacktop to install two new sewer manholes, one directly in front of the National Bank of Middlebury’s Duclos Building and the other at the top of Printer’s Alley, according to Jim Gish, Middlebury’s community liaison for the rail bridges project....