Construction Updates Routes VT- 100 and VT- 100A

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is using accelerated construction to improve VT-100 in Plymouth and VT-100A, which spans Plymouth and Bridgewater.

DATE: October 29, 2021

VT-100 TRAFFIC IMPACT: The closure of VT-100 between Route 4 and VT-100A is now anticipated to continue until the last week in November due to construction delays. Detour signs and message boards are in place to direct traffic. Please travel with caution. 

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: At bridge 114, subcontractor BlakTop, Inc. and subcontractor Lafayette Highway Specialties, Inc. , paved the roadway installed guardrail last week. At bridge 115 this week, the contractor continued installing reinforcing steel and forming abutments. Next week, the contractor plans to pour concrete for the abutments. 

LOCATION: VT-100 in Plymouth between VT-100A and Route 4.

PROJECTED COMPLETION: November 2021
At Culvert 115, abutment installation continues.

REMINDER: AOT has coordinated with the Department of Parks, Forests, and Recreation regarding the upcoming winter closure of Shrewsbury Road/ Old CCC Road. In light of the ongoing VT-100 closure, this year the road will not be closed on November 1, and will instead remain open so long as weather permits, or until VT-100 is reopened. 

VT-100A CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: Over the week, Pike Industries has worked on miscellaneous items to clean up the job site, including cleaning drop inlets and shoulder repairs. 

TRAFFIC IMPACT: No further traffic impacts are anticipated this season.

REMINDER: During the VT-100 closure (see above), VT-100A is the dedicated detour route. Please plan your travel accordingly.

LOCATION: VT-100A between VT-100 and Route 4, connecting Plymouth and Bridgewater.
PROJECT COMPLETION: October 15, 2021

Detour and projects map

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Press Release from Plymouth Emergency Services

October 26, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department in September completed the repairs of a dry hydrant on Hale Hollow Road that was damaged during the spring runoff. The repair of this dry hydrant is part of a comprehensive program to improve and maintain fire protection in Plymouth.

The Fire Department is continuously improving fire protection in Plymouth by installing and maintaining dry hydrants to improve the availability and accessibility of water for firefighting purposes. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force through the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council provided assistance to the Fire Department in developing a plan to improve water supply in Plymouth.

The Vermont Legislature approved appropriations to assist communities in installing dry hydrants to improve fire protection in the rural area of Vermont.  The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force with the assistance of the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council administers the grant program.

 Dry hydrants are a preferred method of providing water for’ firefighting in areas where there are no water mains. A dry hydrant consists of a 6 to 8 inch pipe with a fitting to which a pump/ tanker truck can attach. The pipe connects to a water source (Pond or stream) that can supply at least 60,000 gallons under drought conditions.

This is but one example of the service your fire department provides in preparation for the next alarm.

If you have any questions about developing a rural water supply in your area, please contact the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force at 802-828-4582 , dryhydrantguy@yahoo.com , or visit www.nvtrcd.org/vtrfptf.html .

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Help with heating costs, Youth hunting weekend, Route 100 closed until Nov 27th ~ Margo’s Plymouth Report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/25/21

Although a bit late this autumn, the first frost of the season has arrived.  A brisk morning (Sunday), but the sunshine was bright and beautiful.  I am not quite finished with outdoor projects, but I did manage to pull in plants that would have been in jeopardy.  

I noticed that last week’s VT Standard contained articles listing the availability of help with heating costs such as https://www.uppervalleywoodbank.com and Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) (802) 722-4575 or 1-800-464-9951. Fuel prices are escalating and I was annoyed with myself for waiting to have my tanks filled.

Youth Hunting Weekend was this past Saturday and Sunday and by mid-afternoon Tyson Store had 9 deer registered, although Tina felt there might be more before the day ends.  My grandsons, Owen and Landon were both part of that count, with Landon getting his very first deer on Sunday.  Congratulations to all who participated.

Traveling on Rte 100A this week was delightful with the new pavement.  The news on Rte 100 is disconcerting, however.  I am noting a statement from the Select Board: “The Plymouth SB met with Kristin Higgins from the Structures Division at the Agency of Transportation or AOT. We were informed that the road will remain closed until November 27th due to contractor delays.”

“The Select Board inquired about legal action, additional help, or anything else that might move the project along.  AOT has advised that they are pressing the contractor and providing support however, there is no immediate solution. AOT did contact the Department of Forest Parks and Recreation (FPR) to request that the CCC road to Shrewsbury remain open.  FPR advised that they would honor that request as long as the weather cooperates and the road is passable.” 

Don’t forget that the new dates for the special town meeting are:  Monday night 12/6 at 7 PM for the informational meeting, then voting will take place on Tuesday 12/7 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Some information on the Short Term Rental proposal and the repairs to the Town Building can be found on the Town website.  I understand that there will be no need for new taxes or a bond issue in order to accomplish the needed upgrades and renovations.

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Construction Update Routes VT-100 and VT – 100A

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is using accelerated construction to improve VT-100 in Plymouth and VT-100A, which spans Plymouth and Bridgewater.

DATE: October 22, 2021

VT-100 TRAFFIC IMPACT: The closure of VT-100 between Route 4 and VT-100A is now anticipated to continue until the last week in November due to construction delays. Detour signs and message boards are in place to direct traffic. Please travel with caution. AOT has coordinated with the Department of Parks, Forests, and Recreation regarding the upcoming winter closure of Shrewsbury Road/ Old CCC Road. In light of the ongoing VT-100 closure, this year the road will not be closed on November 1, and will instead remain open so long as weather permits, or until VT-100 is reopened. 


At Culvert 115, the buried bridge was assembled by subcontractor Contech ES.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: This week, the contractor has placed forms on top of the sub-footings. Subcontractor Contech ES completed assembly of the buried bridge, subcontractor Odin Steel will begin installing reinforcing steel at the corner areas between wing walls and abutments today and subcontractor VR Concrete will form those areas next week. At bridge 114, subcontractor BlakTop, Inc., paved the roadway yesterday, and plans to install guardrail today. 

LOCATION: VT-100 in Plymouth between VT-100A and Route 4.

PROJECTED COMPLETION: November 2021

VT-100A CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: Over the week, Pike Industries has worked on miscellaneous items to clean up the job site, including shoulder repairs, and after this is completed, remove construction signage. Drop inlets will be cleaned next week.
TRAFFIC IMPACT: At these minor operations there will be alternating lanes of travel. This will occur between 6:00 am until 6:00 pm and travel will be managed by flaggers.


The VT-100A project reached substantial completion last Friday.

REMINDER: During the VT-100 closure (see above), VT-100A is the dedicated detour route. Please plan your travel accordingly.

LOCATION: VT-100A between VT-100 and Route 4, connecting Plymouth and Bridgewater.

PROJECT COMPLETION: October 15, 2021


Detour and projects map

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Colder weather, Passing of Spanky, Book Club information and Rt 100 closed until November~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/18/21

Well, quite a shift in the weather!  I have really been enjoying the weather this fall, lovely warm days and amazing autumn vistas.  Yet, we knew we were on borrowed time and colder temps would come our way.  I will probably wear my winter coat to my grandson’s soccer game later today (Monday).

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Jeff Rebideau, known as Spanky.  He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and son, plus an avid hunter and fisherman.  Although Tina ran the Tyson Store with the help of their daughters, Jeff could be seen there often.  Many of us have relied upon his help with plumbing issues and those for whom he plowed in the winter are wondering how they will manage.  Jeff’s smile and sense of humor were his trademark and he will be greatly missed.  Condolences to Tina and the girls and his dad, Joe.

Mention has been made often of the biking enthusiasm and skill of 8th grader, Schuyler Hagge.  Recently she has been participating in a series of bicycle races sponsored by Vermont Youth Cycling.  Points were accumulated in a series of four races on different tracks:  Slate Vail Trail in Poultney, a track in Randolph, Mt. Peg Trails in Woodstock, and Cochran’s Enduro in Richmond.  Congratulations to Schuyler who placed 2nd in the Girls’ A group for Vermont. It should be mentioned that biking is a family affair enjoyed by her parents and younger sister and they excel in the sport, too!

The Book Group met last week and discussed Anxious People by Frederick Bachman.  Although many found the beginning slow-paced, the longer we talked, the more awed we became with the intricate web of characters and events packed into this book. It was noted that many of the characters were initially unappealing, but as the story progressed and insights unfolded, they became quite likable.  

Upcoming books and corresponding dates are: 10/10 – Agent Sonya – Moscow’s Most Daring Wartime Spy by Ben Macintyre, which highlights actual spy activity reflecting allegiances for those espousing Communism, Fascism, and Western democracy. 12/8 – Blue Desert by Celia Jeffries. 1/12/22 – Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman’Author by Melanie Kirkpatrick.  2/9/22 -Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter by Lisa Patton

The informational meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, 11/3, has been postponed, as has the voting on Thursday, 11/4.  Monday night 12/6 is the new meeting day and Tuesday 12/7 will be the vote..  However, the essence of the Warning is the same and details on the proposals may be found on the town website by scrolling down under the Bulletin Board heading.  You will need to click on the items for the particulars.

Disheartening News:  Some folks had gone over to check out the progress on Rte 100 and learned that it will not completed as previously indicated.  A representative from VTrans attended the 10/18 Select Board meeting and indicated that the new estimated date for reopening is now the week of November 22nd.

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Construction Updates Routes VT-100 and VT-100A

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is using accelerated construction to improve VT-100 in Plymouth and VT-100A, which spans Plymouth and Bridgewater.

DATE: October 15, 2021

VT-100  TRAFFIC IMPACT: VT-100 will remain closed between Route 4 and VT-100A through October 29th (see map) due to construction delays. Detour signs and message boards are in place to direct traffic. Please travel with caution. 


CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES:

This week, work focused on structural elements of Bridge 115. The contractor has placed concrete for both abutment footings. Next week, they will install the forms for the arch footing. At bridge 114, the contractor completed earthwork around the culvert inlet and outlets this week. Base course paving and guardrail installation are planned for next week.

LOCATION: VT-100 in Plymouth between VT-100A and Route 4.


PROJECTED COMPLETION: October 2021


Subcontractor VR Concrete placed concrete for the first abutment at bridge 115.
VT-100A Today marks this project’s substantial completion!

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: This week, subcontractor L&D painted durable lines on the roadway, stop bars, and “STOP” symbols. Subcontractor Lafayette placed delineators at the beginning and end of guardrail runs. Pike Industries will work on miscellaneous items next week to clean up the job site, and after this is completed, remove construction signage. 

TRAFFIC IMPACT: Next week, there will be alternating lanes of travel where miscellaneous work is completed. This will occur between 6:00 am until 6:00 pm and travel will be managed by flaggers.



Guardrail delineators were installed this week along VT-100A.

REMINDER: During the VT-100 closure (see above), VT-100A is the dedicated detour route. Please plan your travel accordingly.

LOCATION: VT-100A between VT-100 and Route 4, connecting Plymouth and Bridgewater.


PROJECT COMPLETION: October 15, 2021



Detour and projects map

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Holiday weekend visitors, Tag Sale success and Warning from The Select Board ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/11/21

Well, it certainly is challenging to figure out what to wear these days.  I am not complaining, however, since the leaves are lovely and outdoor activities abound.  I bought a small pumpkin the other day for my deck and was surprised (and a bit annoyed) that some creature nibbled most of the stem off!

The Holiday weekend brought swarms of visitors to our area. Woodstock had its share of sightseers and activities.  I did not venture into Ludlow, but there were events taking place on Saturday and Sunday.  Many people headed up Rte 100 to attend the tag sale at the Community Center on Sunday.  I only did a 3 hour stretch, but I understand that the entire day was busy.  Proceeds exceeded $1,800 for the individual vendors and many also gave generously to VVSA (VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society).  Some items were also being sold to assist with the Lake Amherst project.

A delightful gentleman with a French accent entered at one point wondering about the designation “Tag Sale”. He and his wife are apparently new in town and were unfamiliar with the term.  We warmly ushered him in and all enjoyed a chuckle.  The camaraderie was amazing and it felt reasonably Covid-safe with everyone wearing masks and windows and doors open.  Lauren did a fantastic job organizing the event!

I am including the recent warning issued by the Select Board about the upcoming meeting on 11/3 and voting on 11/4.  I hope to obtain details about the budget request and short-term rental ordinance to share with you next time.  


Warning 


The legal voters of the Town of Plymouth are hereby Warned to meet at the Plymouth Municipal Building at 7:00 PM on Weds, November 3, 2021, to transact at that time business not involving voting by Australian Ballot or voting required by law by ballot. The polls will be open Thursday, November 4, 2021, at the Plymouth Municipal Building from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM for the purpose of voting by Australian Ballot. The business to be transacted will include: 


Article 1 To see if the voters will authorize the Selectboard to assign fund balances in accordance with 24 V.S.A. § 2804. 


Article 2 To see if the town will vote to appropriate the sum of $950,000.00 for repair of the town hall roof, completing deferred maintenance, performing energy/weatherization upgrades, and the addition of solar, as outlined in Option D, prepared by William Maclay Architects. 


Article 3  To see if the Town will approve a short-term rental ordinance. 

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Construction Updates VT 100 and VT – 100A

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is using accelerated construction to improve VT-100 in Plymouth and VT-100A, which spans Plymouth and Bridgewater.

DATE: October 8, 2021

VT-100 TRAFFIC IMPACT: VT-100 will remain closed between Route 4 and VT-100A through October 29th (see map) due to construction delays. Detour signs and message boards are in place to direct traffic. Please travel with caution. 

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: This week, work focused on structural elements of Bridge 115. The contractor has installed dowels in the ledge and is cleaning the abutment 2 ledge for subcontractor activity. VR Concrete is forming the sub-footings for the two abutments, which will be followed by pouring both abutments. Next week, they plan to pour the sub-footings and place the pre-fabricated forms on the sub-footings. 


Subcontractor VR Concrete forming the first abutment at bridge 115.

LOCATION: VT-100 in Plymouth between VT-100A and Route 4.

PROJECTED COMPLETION: October 2021

VT-100A TRAFFIC IMPACT: There will be alternating lanes of travel at active construction work during construction hours (6:00 am until 6:00 pm). Travel will be managed by flaggers. 

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: This week, Pike Industries has been backing up the edge of pavement and driveways with recycled asphalt, which may continue into next week. Subcontractor Lafayette will return to place delineators at the beginning and end of guardrail runs. Subcontractor L&D will be painting lines on the roadway Tuesday October 12. Mind the wet paint! No work will occur on VT-100A Monday October 11. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Crews backing the edge of pavement with recycled asphalt along VT-100A.

REMINDER: During the VT-100 closure (see above), VT-100A is the dedicated detour route. Please plan your travel accordingly.

LOCATION: VT-100A between VT-100 and Route 4, connecting Plymouth and Bridgewater.
PROJECTED COMPLETION: October 2021




Detour and projects map


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Changing seasons, Plymouth Tag Sale this Sunday, road work continues ~ Margo’s Plymouth report

Reprinted with permission from The Vermont Standard

10/4/21


Well, the hummingbird feeders have been cleaned and stored for the winter, only a few tomatoes remain on the vine, and the leaves are coming down.  Yes, the season is changing rapidly now.  The Tyson/Reading Rd was lovely last week.  The rain held off for the Harvest Fair in Ludlow and hopefully for the events in the Notch last weekend and it would be nice if it did so for the upcoming festivals and celebrations this weekend, too.  


Don’t forget to visit the Historic Site which will be closing for the season on the 17th. Best of all, the town Tag Sale is still on for Sunday, 10/10, from 9 AM until 6 PM!  The best part is that it will be under cover.  All items will be marked with a price and initials, plus masks should be worn.  Call Lauren Skaskiw at 802-417-6895 for more details.


I know it is disappointing that the Rte 100 construction is behind schedule.  I have only been delayed about 12 minutes, but I understand others have experienced longer wait times.  It seems that no matter where you go these days, you will eventually hit road construction.


I found a couple of quips on patience. “I had my patience tested. It’s negative.” Unknown  “Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.” Guy Kawasaki. “Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” Barbara Johnson

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Construction Update Routes VT-100 AND VT-100A

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is using accelerated construction to improve VT-100 in Plymouth and VT-100A, which spans Plymouth and Bridgewater.

DATE: October 1, 2021

VT-100 TRAFFIC IMPACT: VT-100 will remain closed between Route 4 and VT-100A through October 29th (see map) due to construction delays. Detour signs and message boards are in place to direct traffic. Please travel with caution. 

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: This week at culvert 114, the contractor completed installation of stone fill in the stream and along the culvert. The remaining work on culvert 114 is guardrail installation and paving. At bridge 115, the contractor has been excavating, drilling, and installing reinforcing steel into the ledge. Next week, forming and pouring of concrete subfooting for one of the bridge abutments will occur. 


Site work at culvert 115 continues.

LOCATION: VT-100 in Plymouth between VT-100A and Route 4.

PROJECTED COMPLETION: October 2021
VT-100A TRAFFIC IMPACT: There will be alternating lanes of travel at active construction work during construction hours (6:00 am until 6:00 pm). Travel will be managed by both flaggers and Automated Flagger Assistance Devices. Stop on red, go on flashing yellow, and mind the gate! 

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES: This week, Pike Industries continued paving, which is nearing completion. This will be followed by backing up the edge of pavement and driveways with recycled asphalt. Subcontractor Nicom will continue installing plug joints will be installed where the roadway meets the bridges. Alternating lanes of travel will be in place at these operations. 


Crews installing plug joints along VT-100A.

REMINDER: During the VT-100 closure (see above), VT-100A is the dedicated detour route. Please plan your travel accordingly.

LOCATION: VT-100A between VT-100 and Route 4, connecting Plymouth and Bridgewater.

PROJECTED COMPLETION: October 2021




Detour and projects map


Contact Information
Hannah Brockhaus
Public Information Consultant
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