If you live along Waterbury’s Main Street, you could enjoy something late last week that you hadn’t had in a few months — silence.

After about 50 hours of continuous construction Monday through Wednesday, both the workers with J.A. McDonald and the residents and business owners along South Main Street enjoyed a reprieve from the noise, the dust and the traffic delays resulting from a wholesale reconstruction of the downtown thoroughfare.

In anticipation of the Not Quite Independence Day festivities on Saturday, contractors laid down two lanes of pavement and a temporary sidewalk between Park Street and the medical center, allowing for a smooth route for both the parade and the Green Mountain Mile footrace.

Work will resume Monday.

Looking into the future, drivers can expect heavy traffic July 12-13 during Waterbury Arts Fest. Lower Stowe Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. July 12 until 4 p.m. July 13.

The same weekend, Stowe will host the annual Bitter Lacrosse tournament, which in past years has drawn thousands of participants and spectators. So, expect a lot traffic on Route 100 that weekend.

Route 100 update

Much like Main Street, paving continued though 7 a.m. Wednesday on Route 100 between Waterbury and Stowe. Paving work resumes Sunday and will continue at night — 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

A new light has been installed at the Interstate 89 southbound off-ramp onto Route 100 for better visibility.

An electronic sign displaying the speed of approaching vehicles is scheduled to be installed between Ben and Jerry’s in Waterbury Center and Crossroad on Route 100 to slow southbound traffic as it approaches the Colbyville area.

Questions about work in Waterbury? Contact Barb Farr at 888-3810, 244-4300, bfarr@waterburyvt.com or waterburyworks.com. Questions about work in Stowe can be directed to Megan Savage at 496-3376, or visit watp.vtransprojects.vermont.gov.

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