Cutting the ribbon at the May 2 re-opening of Bridge 51 in Woodstock Village are, from left: Luscian Meyers, 4, with construction worker Elizabeth Craffey and Laszlo Zsoldos, 3. (Susan Ford Photo)
After a closure which started on April 15, Woodstock’s Bridge 51 on Central Street re-opened on Wednesday afternoon, May 2 – five days ahead of the original re-opening date. The bridge project is expected to be complete in June.
Below is the full statement sent out by VTrans on May 2:
Immediately following the opening, crews will remove all detour signs and all message boards will be shut down.
In the following, weeks construction will continue with two-way traffic across the bridge, reduced as needed, to alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers. Remaining work includes paving, sidewalks and the bridge rail. Until final paving is complete, please use extreme caution when entering the work zone. There is a 3-inch ramp down from the existing U.S. Route 4 roadway pavement onto the base lift of pavement of the bridge. Final paving is scheduled to take place in a few weeks.
Pedestrian access across the bridge will be maintained via a 4-foot temporary pathway on the North side of the bridge (the post office side). Access to the Pi Brick Oven Trattoria will require traversing around the worksite on the north side of the bridge and access the door on the east side of the building. Access to the post office, restaurants and retail shops on the north side will be open. Flaggers will be present to assist pedestrians crossing from the south sidewalk to the north side.
Parking from High Street to Mechanic Street will continue to be unavailable.
Construction activities can be expected weekdays during the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.
No night or weekend work is anticipated at this time. VTrans will keep you informed of any changes to construction activities related to the Woodstock Village US Route 4 Bridge 51
project throughout the duration of the construction season.