Ledge removal at I-89 Exit 8 in Montpelier will require the northbound on-ramp to be closed starting October 3rd. Crews will be blasting and scaling back the slope of the ledge along the on-ramp. According to the contractor’s schedule, the closure is scheduled to run for about a month. All other I-89 Exit 8 ramps will generally remain open, although there will be brief closures of I-89 and the ramps during actual blasting.
For the duration of the closure, alternate routes to I-89N are as follows:
• From the West side of Montpelier, take US Route 2 West to Exit 9 in Middlesex (this will be a marked detour route)
• From the East side of Montpelier, take Route 302 to Route 62 to Exit 7 in Berlin
Work on the Exit 8 northbound off-ramp will continue during the northbound on-ramp closure. At various times during the day while crews are scaling the ledge, traffic may be stopped to allow for falling debris.
For the safety of traveling motorists, when crews are blasting on any of the exit ramps, traffic will be stopped and held on I89 as well as the open exit ramps. Once the blast has occurred and the roadway deemed safe, traffic will be released. Crews will refrain from blasting during morning and afternoon commute times.
Francine Perkins of FRP Enterprises, LLC has been assigned as Public Relations Officer to work with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and JA McDonald on this project. Anyone with questions or concerns about this project is encouraged to contact Francine Perkins at 802-479-6994.
The Agency of Transportation is maintaining a website at the following link that provides more information and will include occasional updated progress reports: http://vtrans.vermont.gov/infrastructure-projects/i89-exit8