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A view of the newly reconstructed Algiers Bridge, looking south on Route 5, just before it was reopened for traffic on Aug. 4.

Town and Village

Algiers Bridge reopens ahead of schedule

Originally published in The Commons issue #420 (Wednesday, August 9, 2017). This story appeared on page A4.

GUILFORD—The detours and disruption in Algiers Village have ended. The Route 5 bridge is now open.

Project information officer Jill Barrett said Aug. 4 that the newly constructed bridge was reopened to traffic that evening, four days ahead of schedule.

Route 5 in Algiers Village had been closed since July 21 while the Vermont Agency of Transportation replaced the deteriorated 1925 bridge with a structure that has wider travel lanes and will better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

Bridge shoulders were widened by four feet and a new sidewalk constructed. The previous bridge had no sidewalk and 1-foot shoulders.

Renaud Bros. of Vernon constructed the new bridge at an approximate cost of $2.5 million.

While the bridge is open to all travelers, Barrett said the contractor will remain at the site in the coming weeks to complete the project.

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