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...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project has gone as smoothly as could be hoped and is ahead of schedule in some areas, project community liaison Jim Gish told the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday.
But, Gish warned, the “heavy lift” lies ahead in 2020.
That’s when Middlebury’s Main Street will be closed to through traffic for roughly two months, from May 27 to an estimated Aug. 5, to allow final installation of a precast concrete railroad tunnel through the heart of town.
The tunnel will replace aging bridges on Main Street and Merchants Row that were...
MIDDLEBURY — Construction will resume on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project on Monday, Aug. 5, with work to largely take place within a 1,700-foot stretch of rail bed that Kubricky Construction will deepen and fortify.
Next summer the deeper bed will be the centerpiece of the $72.5 million, three-year undertaking: A 360-foot-long concrete tunnel.
This latest phase of construction will extend into December. Since work will primarily take place below street level, officials aren’t forecasting a lot of detours or other substantial inconveniences for downtown merchants, residents and...
THE VERMONT AGENCY of Transportation recently agreed to pay owners of the Battell Block on Merchants Row $532,000 for a series of easements that are needed to move forward with replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges. VTrans has agreed to pay a combined total of around $5 million for easements on 27 downtown properties.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has agreed to pay a combined total of $5 million for easements on 27 separate downtown Middlebury properties within the footprint of the massive railroad bridges replacement project that will last into 2021.
Some of those payments range into the six figures — including a recent $532,000 settlement with owners of the Battell Block, the downtown’s anchor retail/office/apartment building at the intersection of Main Street and Merchants Row.
That historic property will be among the most affected by construction disruption that will resume...