Route 2 Moretown/Middlesex Bridge Now Open

first_imgRoute 2 Moretown/Middlesex Bridge Now OpenMONTPELIER (August 28, 2008) The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a one-lane temporary bridge along Route 2 that spans the Winooski River and connects the towns of Middlesex and Moretown.The temporary bridge was installed following the May 30 closure of an 80-year-old truss bridge that was deemed unsafe after an inspection. Transportation crews removed the old bridge, and in its place erected a one-lane temporary bridge that will remain in place until a new, permanent bridge can be constructed.Because the temporary bridge is only one lane, a traffic light was installed to safely allow traffic flow in both directions. The bridge officially opened to traffic at 12:30 p.m.The temporary bridge, originally scheduled to open on Labor Day, was opened to traffic four days early.”We understood how important this bridge is to not only the local communities, but for east-west mobility for all Vermont motorists,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill. “Crews worked extremely hard and did a marvelous job so we could reopen Route 2 in time for the upcoming holiday weekend.”VTrams closed the bridge following an inspection which determined that a primary structural member along the bridge’s bottom deteriorated to the point that it is no longer safe for public use.last_img

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