Rebuilding part of North Wolcott Road — undercut by floodwaters in January 2018 — is starting earlier than expected.
G.W. Tatro, the general contractor hired by the town, started work last Friday, and the road was reduced to one lane of traffic earlier this week when the work really got rolling.
“It got bumped up” on the schedule, said Tyler Billingsley, the engineer hired to plan and oversee the project.
The work affects a small stretch of North Wolcott Road near Town and Country Sheds. In January 2018, an ice jam caused the Wild Branch to jump its banks, flow across a field and slam into the side of the road.
A temporary fix allowed the road to reopen a few weeks later.
First, two large culverts there are in bad shape will be replaced beginning this week, Billingsley said.
After that, Tatro will dig down about 4 feet under the north lane of the road — the side closer to the Wild Branch — and rebuild the roadbed undercut and damaged by the flood.
Then workers will riprap and stabilize the bank of a new flood channel that runs alongside North Wolcott Road. Then will come new pavement, guardrails along the flood channel, line striping and cleanup.
North Wolcott Road will be reduced to one lane during the project. While the culverts are being replaced, flaggers will control traffic between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.; later on, the northern lane will be closed completely and a temporary traffic light will maintain alternating one-way traffic in the southern lane.
The job should be done in a month, and the traffic impact will ease during the final week of work, Billingsley said.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation is covering about $160,000 of the cost, Wolcott is putting up a small match, and the Lamoille County Conservation Commission landed a $25,900 grant for stabilizing the new flood channel.
Other local roadwork
• The Vermont Agency of Transportation will start paving the Class 1 highways in Morrisville this Monday, June 17. The contractor, J. Hutchins Inc., will mill down the existing pavement, which should take about a week, said Dan Lindley, Morristown town administrator. After that, Hutchins will tackle smaller jobs associated with the project. The actual resurfacing will occur in early August.
Village roads being resurfaced include Brooklyn Street between Bridge and Harrel streets, Bridge Street between Brooklyn and Portland streets, Portland Street up to the four-way intersection, Upper Main and Elmore streets to Demars Road, Park Street to the village limits, and Lower Main Street out to Jersey Heights.
• A large chunk of Route 15 in Morristown and Wolcott will be resurfaced this summer. Pike Industries will lay down an inch or two of new pavement along the length of the road.
• In Wolcott, East Hill Road will be closed for a few weeks later this summer while a large culvert is replaced. The road gets minimal traffic, and a detour is planned.
• Several projects are planned in and around Hyde Park village, but probably won’t get started until 2020. Town Administrator Ron Rodjenski and his staff have been working for over a year on plans to fix a sinkhole near Johnson Street Extension. Rodjenski hopes to seek bids this winter for construction next summer.
Along with fixing the erosion problem that led to the sinkhole, the project will realign the intersection of Johnson Street Extension and West Main Street with Main Street, and fix other stormwater runoff issues in the area.