Fri, Apr 27, 2012 10:14 AM
With luck, by the time you read this article US Route 4 in
Mendon may be open for two way traffic. As of this report, it's
predicted that the roadway should be open by Friday. However,
please check latest public service announcements and observe all
precautions if entering the area.
I am indebted to Sheriff Stephen Benard of the Rutland County
Sheriff's Department for allowing me to ride through the
construction zone with him while escorting a caravan and to allow
us to offer our readers this report.
According to Sheriff Benard, "This is the biggest and most
restricted roadway incident that I've seen in my 32 years of public
service." He added that, "Despite the situation we've had very few
complaints for necessary delays."
Sheriff Benard and his staff of 19 full time and 10 part time
Deputies have been responsible for traffic control on site and have
been on duty 24/7 since the incident began. Most of the officers
are working 12 hour shifts, Sheriff Benard is working daily from
5:30am to 9:00pm. His department is also working on security for
FEMA in Rutland and Killington.
These photos are better than words to tell you of the amazing
progress achieved by CVPS, Casella Construction, Belden
Construction, Markowski Excavating, Inc., and the US Army National
Guard. Every conceivable piece of huge construction gear is on the
job and running all out to get the work done.
The river through the area has been re-routed, all washouts have
been filled in. Most of the area is re-paved and fitted with
replacement guard rails. It's been an amazing effort.
More next week.