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Quechee Gorge bridge project to begin in early 2021

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) is advancing the final plans for the Quechee Gorge Bridge Project. It is scheduled to go to bid for contractors in the coming weeks.

After much discussion, the AOT has decided that the project requires a continuous single lane of traffic for the duration of the construction season. This decision is different from what they had originally planned and presented. However, as AOT has refined final details, it is clear that a single travel lane, controlled on either end of the bridge by a traffic signal, is essential to maintain adequate room for construction activities.

The change is necessary to complete the construction in two full seasons.

One sidewalk on the bridge will be open at all times with designated crosswalks at each end for access to parking areas, shops, and the visitor center. This traffic management strategy also increases the safety of workers and travelers.

Construction of the Quechee Gorge Bridge will span two years. Activities will pause for part of each year to accommodate seasonal tourism and winter weather.

The initial construction season will begin in the late winter or early spring of 2021, and conclude by Sept. 23, 2021. The same cycle will occur in 2022.

AOT will host a public meeting (likely virtual) once a contractor is selected. The meeting will occur in winter 2021. Specifics will be forthcoming.

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