October 11, 2011
The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a temporary bridge along Route 30 in Jamaica Village. The new structure restores the community’s vital traffic link north towards Manchester and Route 7, and south towards Brattleboro and Interstate 91.
Connectivity along Route 30 was severed when Tropical Storm Irene washed away a nearly 150-foot-long bridge that literally sat right in the middle of Jamaica Village. Local traffic was able to detour around the washed-out bridge location, but the detour was not suitable for commercial vehicles or other large vehicles like motor coaches or RVs.
The new temporary bridge was originally scheduled to open on October 15, but construction crews were able to accelerate work so that connectivity could be restored more than a week ahead of schedule, and just in time for the Columbus Day weekend.
“Opening the temporary bridge allows all vehicles weighing up to 80,000 pounds to use Route 30 without restriction,” said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. “We are extremely pleased that we could restore traffic through Jamaica ahead of schedule so the community can enjoy a normal holiday weekend, and hopefully benefit from a good portion of foliage season.”
The bridge along Route 30 in Jamaica Village was washed away on August 28 when torrential rains from Tropical Storm Irene caused the West River to flood and jump its banks. A total of four state highway bridges in Jamaica were closed by the storm. All but one have been either reopened or replaced by a temporary span. The only remaining impediment remains along Route 100, where the agency is erecting a temporary bridge that is scheduled to open later this month.
For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-866-7099 or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter.
Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: October 11, 2011 08:26:31