About the Bridge
I-89 SOUTHBOUND NIGHT CLOSURES: DUE TO UNEXPECTED DELAYS WHILE SETTING THE BEAMS THIS WEEK, I-89 SOUTHBOUND CLOSURES WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25TH.
Week of September 25, 2017:
Crews will continue setting the structural steel at night for the new bridge over the travel lanes of I-89. For the safety of motorists traveling on I-89, VTrans will close I-89 at night, one direction at a time, between Exit 9 – Middlesex and Exit 8 – Montpelier.
PLEASE NOTE THE CLOSURE START TIME HAS CHANGED TO 7:00 PM TO ALLOW THE CONTRACTOR ADDITIONAL TIME TO COMPLETE THE WORK.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation will replace the Middlesex US 2 (Bridge 55) over I-89 and the New England Central Railroad. Located about two miles east of the intersection of US 2 and VT 100B, the 660-foot, 35-foot wide, nine-span bridge is in poor condition. It will be replaced by a wider (40 feet) but shorter (512 feet) three-span bridge. The new bridge will be built east of the existing bridge.
Construction of the new bridge will be complex as it spans both an interstate highway and an active railroad. Building on a new location adjacent to the existing bridge will allow vehicular traffic to be maintained throughout construction.
The project schedule includes building the new bridge in the 2016 and 2017 construction seasons and removal of the existing structure in 2018.