General Construction Information

Updates regarding the Bridge St. Infrastructure Project are posted on this page. Work on this project is scheduled to run from approximately April 22, 2020 to July 22, 2020. This will be a significant project replacing both water and storm water lines. The work will disrupt both traffic and parking on Bridge St. Updates will be posted on this page throughout the course of the project.

If you have any questions please email Town Manager Josh Arneson at or call 802-434-5170.

Sign up for Email Updates

If you would like to be added to an email distribution list to receive updates on the project via email please email with the subject line “Add me to the Bridge St. email list.”

UPDATE 3/30/20

Due to unforeseen circumstances we need to postpone the meeting regarding the Bridge St. Infrastructure Replacement Project to April 7 at 8am. This meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31.

I am sorry for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause.

The start of the Bridge St. Infrastructure Replacement Project has been postponed from April 15, 2020 to April 22, 2020. This postponement is due to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order from the Governor that is in effect until April 15, 2020 as well as concerns due to the COVID-19 health crisis in general such as health, safety, and uncertainty regarding the availability of supplies. In consultation with the contractor, J. Hutchins, and the project engineer, Green Mountain Engineering, it was decided that delaying the start date by one week makes the most sense in these uncertain times.

There will be a video conference to review the project schedule on Tuesday, April 7 at 8am. This is intended to give business owners on Bridge St. a better understanding of the construction schedule.

Instructions on how to join the meeting follow:

Topic: Bridge St. Construction Informational Meeting
Time: Apr. 7, 2020 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Online:
Join by Phone: +1 312 626 6799 US
Meeting ID: 851 170 310


Parking During Construction 

Here is a link to a document detailing the parking plan during construction: Parking Plan for Bridge St. Infrastructure Project 3-5-20


Video Description of the Project

Following is a link to a video of the Dec. 2 Selectboard meeting. A presentation from the project engineer begins at 27 minutes into the video. This is the most comprehensive overview that we have of the project right now.


Summary of the Project

The Town or Richmond will be commencing work on the following three projects in the spring and summer of 2020
1. Bridge St. bridge waterline crossing
2. Upper Bridge St. waterline replacement
3. Upper Bridge St. storm water drain replacement

The bridge crossing project consists of replacing the existing waterline that runs underneath the Bridge St. bridge with a more durable material and re-positioning it to a more protected location under the bridge. This is to prevent damage that may occur when the river runs high and debris could damage the line.

The upper Bridge St. project has been in the planning phase since 2007. The project is necessary to replace failing infrastructure, the failure of which would create a catastrophic situation. The total project consists of two projects 1) replacing the 50 year old asbestos cement water main 2) replacing the storm water drain which has mostly failed at this point. The upper Bridge St. section runs from the traffic light down to just below the railroad tracks for the waterline and just above the railroad tracks for the storm water drain.

If the Town completes the waterline projects by Sept. of 2020, there will be a 50% subsidy off of the total cost of the projects through income sensitivity as calculated for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 (FFY18). There will be no interest on this loan and it will be a 40 year term. If the project is not completed by the end of Sept. of 2020 the FFY18 income data would no longer apply and the income sensitivity subsidy would be lost. Thus, the project would then be more expensive.

On upper Bridge St., portions of the existing water line are under the proposed storm water line, so it makes sense to do both projects at the same time. There will be savings on the excavation since they will only have to disturb the area once to complete both projects.