US Route 2 RICHMOND Snipe Island Bridge Project Update – July 7, 2017
This week the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) began a project that will replace a small bridge over Snipe Island Brook on Route 2 in Richmond. The bridge is located about three miles southeast of the center of Richmond, next to the intersection of Snipe Ireland Road, about one mile north of Jonesville.
On Friday, July 21, the bridge will CLOSE for four weeks, to allow the contractor, G. W. Tatro, to demolish the existing bridge and build a new one-span bridge over the small brook.
In the two weeks leading up to the bridge closure the contractor will install detour signs, erosion control fences and remove roadway pavement. During the day, there will be one-way alternating traffic while this work is going on. At night, there will be two-way travel through the work zone.
VTrans has designated I-89, which runs parallel to Route 2 between Exits 10 and 11, as a detour route for vehicles. Bicyclists and pedestrians will use Cochran Road as a detour route. Vehicles weighing less than 24,000 pounds are also permitted on Cochran Road, though it will not be signed as an official detour route for vehicles.
Motorists are advised to proceed SLOWLY through the work zone and watch for flaggers. The surface of the road near the bridge will be gravel and will remain in that condition through the bridge closure period.
It is illegal in Vermont to use any handheld portable electronic devices while driving. The law carries fines of up to $200 with points assessed if the violation occurs in a work zone.
Jill Barrett, Public Information Officer