Weekly Construction Update 4/20/2023
DATE: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Crews will be conducting night work Friday, April 21, starting at 3:00 a.m. to facilitate paving operations on U.S. Route 2/7 (U.S. 2/7) near South Park Drive and Highpoint Center. U.S. 2/7 will be reduced to one lane with alternating one-way traffic during this time. Crews will resume regularly scheduled construction activities at 7:00 a.m. The outermost southbound lane on U.S. 2/7 will be closed until 3:00 p.m. to facilitate blasting. In addition, traffic will be temporarily impacted on U.S. 2/7 and Interstate 89 (I-89) as part of the blasting activities. More specific information is provided below. These impacts will be restricted to the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
TRAFFIC IMPACT AND DURATION:
Monday, April 24, and continuing through next week, crews will be blasting behind the bridge piers on the west side of the interstate bridges over U.S. 2/7 in the vicinity of the Interstate 89 (I-89) northbound onramp. This work will require the closure of the outermost southbound lane on U.S. 2/7 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. In addition, traffic will be temporarily impacted on U.S. 2/7 and I-89 as part of the blasting activities more specific information is provided below. These impacts will be restricted to the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Early next week, the outermost northbound lane of U.S. 2/7 will be closed between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to facilitate utility work begin completed by Vermont Gas along the east side of U.S. 2/7 just north of South Park Drive.
U.S. Route 2/7
Four minutes prior to each blasting event, Uniformed Traffic Officers (UTOs) and barricades will be placed at either end of the blasting zone on U.S. 2/7 and the I-89 offramps to prevent vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists from entering the blasting zone. The blasting zone is anticipated to be between South Park Drive and Mountain View Drive, however, this area will be refined based on the specific blasting location. Flaggers will be present at adjacent businesses and sideroads to prevent pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles from entering the area. Once the area is secured, the blasting event will take place. After each blasting event, a blasting specialist will clear the area before allowing users to reenter the blasting zone. The I-89 interstate offramps will be cleared before U.S. 2/7 traffic is released. Wait times are not anticipated to exceed 10 minutes.
Four minutes prior to each blasting event, UTOs and SDI construction vehicles will initiate a rolling roadblock between Exit 14 and 17 along I-89 northbound and southbound. Rolling roadblocks slow traffic down to create a gap in traffic to allow the blasting event to take place safely. A pilot vehicle will follow the last vehicle impacted by the rolling roadblock to inform the team once the area in the blasting zone is secured. The rolling roadblock will continue until the hard stop location is reached. To learn more about rolling roadblocks, watch this video created by the Kansas Turnpike.
All users should expect delays and plan ahead.
Early next week, Vermont Gas will be completing utility work on the east side of U.S. 2/7 just north of South Park Drive.
Monday, April 24, and continuing through Friday, April 28, crews will continue removing ledge and other materials in the area behind the bridge piers on the west side of the interstate bridges over the U.S. 2/7 in the vicinity of the I-89 northbound onramp to facilitate the installation of the retaining wall. This work will require blasting. Blasting activities will occur up to two times each weekday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Please check the Exit 16 DDI project website or interactive map for daily updates on blasting locations, local impacts, and estimated blasting windows. For more information on blasting activities, click here.
Crews continue to blast behind the bridge piers on the west side of the interstate bridges over U.S. 2/7.
LOCATION: U.S. 2/7 in Colchester starting at the Winooski town line and continuing north for 1.05 miles to Sunderland Woods Road.
PROJECTED COMPLETION: Contract 1 Spring 2024, Contract 2 Summer 2026