I-91 Welcome Center plans paving

GUILFORD — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will be repaving the Guilford Welcome Center parking lot, including entrance and exit ramps. The center is located on Interstate 91 northbound, about a mile from Exit 1 in Brattleboro.

VTrans says repaving will take place between July 9 and Aug. 23. Bazin Brothers Trucking of Westminster will be doing the work, which is expected to cost $831,145.81.

While the car parking area is being paved, visitors will use the truck/bus parking area. During construction, the Welcome Center will not be accessible to any truck, bus, or RV traffic.

Alternative parking locations for trucks, buses, and RVs (including overnight) have been authorized at the existing Department of Motor Vehicles weigh station south of the Welcome Center at I-91 northbound mile marker 0.2.

Pull-off areas on I-91 are also available in Putney (mile marker 20.3 north, and 23.2 south), and at private facilities located at Exit 7 on I-91 in Springfield.

Active construction will begin immediately after the July 4 weekend and will last seven weeks.

The Welcome Center building will be closed for up to four nights to pave the ramps leading to and from the center. Ramp closures will occur between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. from Sunday evening through Thursday morning.

VTrans says the Guilford Welcome Center is the largest and most visited of the state's welcome centers, with about 3,000 daily visitors during the peak of the summer travel season.

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