After two years of work, countless hours stopped in traffic and nighttime construction noise that could keep up the deepest of sleepers, the Route 100 paving project between Waterbury and Stowe is complete.
More or less.
Kubricky Construction has “completed all the contracted work within the parameters we had established,” said Matt Bogaczyk, project manager for the Agency of Transportation.
Contractually speaking, the work was scheduled to be completed on Oct. 11; however, that date did not take into account days when bad weather prevented the contractors from working.
The project was first delayed from the onset by wintry weather in April of 2018.
Bogaczyk said the work was deemed complete by his agency on Oct. 18, 2019. Kubricky Construction will not face any financial penalties for finishing one week late, Bogaczyk said.
However, though the work is complete, there’s still more work to do. In the coming weeks, Kubricky will be cleaning waste it stored along Route 100. However, that work is subject to agreements with individual landowners and not subject to any timetable established by the Agency of Transportation.
Also, Kubricky will relocate the flashing speed sign currently near Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury Center. The current location meets transportation standards, but the sign will be more visible when it’s moved 100 feet north, Bogaczyk said.
“We felt that vehicles weren’t seeing it early enough, so if we moved it north, people could see it a little but earlier,” Bogaczyk said. “It was an acceptable distance, but we felt we could move it and make it better.”
That work, which includes pouring a new foundation, is outside the state’s contract with Kubricky, Bogaczyk said.
Unlike the majority of the project, this work will be performed during the day. So, no more sleepless nights and no more delays and lane closures. Route 100 is smooth sailing, just in time for the end of foliage.
Ground has broken on the first segment of Waterbury’s Main Street reconstruction project, from the railroad bridge to Stowe Street, with excavation to install a stormwater filter.
Travel will be limited to single-lane alternating one-way traffic. The entrance into the library and municipal office at 28 N. Main St. will be limited to one lane.
For folks looking to pay that their property tax bills — due no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 — but don’t want to sit in traffic, there is a drop box at the entrance to the office.
Looking southward, a water main break at Main and Elm streets on Monday resulted in loss of water service and then a boil notice for Main Street customers between Elm and Winooski streets.
Between Park Row and Foundry Street, residents and businesses along the even-numbered side of South Main can expect to lose driveway access for several hours at a time, so plan accordingly. Conduit work — needed to bury utility wires — has been put on hold until water-main work is completed on the odd-numbered side of South Main Street.
Paving in this area is expected to start this week, with lane shifts beginning the week of Oct. 28.
Granite curbs were due to be installed on the even-numbered side of South Main, from Park Row to just past Demeritt Place.