The long-awaited, much-needed repaving of two state highways will begin soon.
The repaving of several miles of Route 15 in Wolcott and Morrisville and Route 14 in Craftsbury should start sometime after the Fourth of July, said Jeff Cota, the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s resident engineer for the projects.
Pike Industries has been awarded a single contract for the two separate projects.
Between 7 and 8 miles of Route 15 will be resurfaced between Wolcott village and Route 15A in Morrisville. Nearly the entire length of Route 14 in Craftsbury — about 7 miles — will be resurfaced, starting just across the town line from Greensboro, near Eligo Pond, and extending north to near the Albany town line.
Both stretches of highway will also get new guardrails and fresh painted lines. Some traffic delays will result, as the roads will likely be reduced to one travel lane with alternating one-way traffic.
The Route 15 work is expected to cost just over $1.5 million, the Route 14 job nearly $1.7 million.
Cota expected the work on Route 15 to begin first, but wasn’t sure yet if Pike will work on both roads at once, or do one after the other. Either way, the jobs will be finished by September at the latest, he said.
More paving along both highways is planned for the near future. Route 14 between Albany and Irasburg is tentatively scheduled for 2020. Route 15 between Morristown and Johnson is slated for either 2020 or 2021, and so is Route 100 between Morrisville and Stowe.
Here’s an update on other construction projects in Lamoille County.
• Morrisville village paving: Repaving Class 1 highways in the village of Morrisville is moving quickly. Last week, crews laid down an initial shim layer of pavement and painted temporary lines and crosswalks along all the streets being worked on.
Crews will take a break for the Fourth of July weekend, and resume work Monday.
Village streets being resurfaced: Lower Main Street out to Jersey Heights, Upper Main and Elmore streets out to Demars Road, Park Street to the village limits, Portland and Bridge streets, and Brooklyn Street to the intersection with Professional Drive. Sporadic traffic delays and single lanes of alternating one-way traffic are likely.
The project should wrap up by September.
• Route 15A project is a wrap: All work has been completed on realigning the intersection of Routes 15 and 15A in Morristown and replacing the nearby Tenney Bridge over the Lamoille River. The $4.2 million project began in 2017. The project also included a new box culvert under Route 15 and reconstruction of 900 feet of Route 15 and 1,325 feet of Route 15A.
The Vermont Agency of Transportation is looking for community opinions on how the project went; a survey is posted at surveymonkey.com/r/vt15abridge.
• North Wolcott Road work winding down: Repairs are nearly completed on a flood-damaged section of North Wolcott Road in Wolcott. Workers have installed two new culverts and rebuilt the roadbed that was undercut when the Wild Branch River jumped its banks and temporarily closed down the road in January 2018. The road has already been repaved; some shoulder work and relocated guardrails are all that remain and should be finished within the next week or so.