The Vermont Agency of Transportation has awarded the Stockbridge-Bethel Route 107 road improvement project to Pike Industries. Duration of this project is expected to run from June 30 through the end of July 2015 including a winter shut-down.
The project extends along Route 107 from the new truss bridge in Bethel to the intersection of Route 107 and Route 100 in Stockbridge for a distance of 9.7 miles. Construction activities will consist milling and reclaiming the existing roadway, new guardrail, drainage improvements, paving of three new layers of new pavement, and pavement markings. A new park and ride at the intersection of Route 107 and Route 100 in Stockbridge is also planned for this project.
Within the 9.7 mile road project, crews will mill and reclaim the existing roadway. Reclaiming consists of rototilling the existing milled pavement leaving the roadway a gravel surface. Once the roadway surface is open to gravel, crews will spend a few weeks grading and reshaping the road in anticipation of the next process. Motorists can expect slow travel through the project and are asked to use caution when driving over the rough road.
Once the roadway is reshaped, crews will perform a process called, cement reclamation. Similar to the reclaiming of the existing pavement, cement reclaiming consists of rototilling dry cement into the existing loose gravel roadway, then rolling the surface leaving the roadway a packed down gravel surface. Paving will follow this process.
During the 2014 Season, the contractor is planning to focus on the section between the new truss bridge in Bethel to Stony Brook Road in Stockbridge. In 2015, crews will finish up work on Route 107 from Stony Brook Road in Stockbridge to Route 100. The new park and ride in Stockbridge at Route 107 and Route 100 will also be built in 2015.
All work performed on the project will be during daytime work hours. Saturday work may be necessary to remain on schedule.
Once construction starts on the project, the speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph in all areas that are currently 50 mph. Law enforcement will be present to enforce the reduced speed limit.
Travel will be reduced to one lane in various areas throughout the project which will impact travel. Motorists will experience traffic delays while traveling through the construction zone. Traffic control will be present to maintain traffic flow. Motorists are encouraged to plan for traffic delays accordingly.
Work updates and press releases will be issued and distributed to various media sources. Information will also be available on www.roadworkupdates.com.