Construction schedule will cause limited road closures

BRATTLEBORO — PCL Civil Construction Inc., the construction firm behind the new West River Bridge, will close Route 30 and Upper Dummerston Road during limited portions of the project.

The West River Trail will also see closures.

The closures will last only a few hours, according to Caleb Linn, engineer with PCL.

Upper Dummerston Road and Route 30 will never be closed at the same time, he said.

The project team will post information on road closures through its project website,, through, and via local media and electronic notice road signs.

The project team will use sensors on the road to detect real-time travel conditions. Based on the sensor data, travel information will appear on message boards throughout the project zone and on the project website.

PCL will also host Saturday “Trail Talks” on the West River Trail for people to view the work up close. Check the project website for details.

The project starts this fall. Travel on Interstate 91 will be reduced from four to two lanes for most of the project. The new interstate bridges should be open for four lanes by late 2015. The project's completion is slated for the summer of 2016.

According to Linn, construction over the next three weeks will result in the following travel restrictions on Route 30, Interstate 91, and the West River Trail:

• The shoulder on Route 30 will be closed through Aug. 5 for conduit installation.

• On Interstate 91, single lane closures are tentatively scheduled for the southbound bridge from Aug. 19 to 22.

• The West River Trail will be closed from Aug. 5 through Aug. 9 for conduit installation. The following week, Green Mountain Power will relocate an overhead utility line underground.

• Upper Dummerston Road and the West River are not expected to see any impacts or closures.

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