Every major street in the village of Morrisville is being repaved, a major project by the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
The work began Monday night, June 17, and will run through the summer. On the busier streets, work will be done at night.
On Monday night, crews began milling down the existing pavement on Bridge Street, one of the streets where the work will be done at night to lessen the impact on businesses. Drivers passing through the village can expect delays and areas of one-way, alternating traffic.
Parking on some of the streets being resurfaced — Bridge, Portland, Upper and Lower Main and Elmore streets — has been banned while the old pavement is milled up.
The ban took effect on Sunday, June 16, and runs through Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. If the milling work takes longer than that, the ban could be extended.
Under the ban, cars parked on the streets could be towed if they interfere with the work, although Morristown Police Chief Richard Keith said his officers will try to contact owners before their vehicles have to be towed.
“We’re working hard to not have to tow anything,” Dan Lindley, town administrator, told the Morristown Select Board Monday night.
Daytime work is planned on portions of Lower Main, Elmore, Park and Brooklyn streets that run through neighborhoods, rather than past businesses. Daytime work should take place between 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., night work between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Once all the old pavement has been milled up, crews will do other work in the roadway and along its edges. Repaving won’t actually begin until early August, and should wrap up by September.
Fourth of July parking ban
No parking will be allowed along Bridge, Portland and Upper Main Streets on Thursday, July 4, for Morristown’s annual Fourth of July parade. The parade, which begins at 11 a.m., starts on Harrel Street, travels down Brooklyn Street to Bridge Street, then Portland and Upper Main to Peoples Academy.
Parade-goers and viewers will be asked not to park along most of the parade route to make for a safer event, and Morristown’s highway crew and police officers will be out early on July 4 to shut down parking spots along the route.
On-street parking on Bridge, Portland and Upper Main will be allowed after the parade as the village opens up for ongoing festivities throughout the day and music and the fireworks show that night at Oxbow Riverfront Park.