As Lake Champlain reaches historic levels, the state’s Transportation Agency says a number of highways, including Interstate 89 southbound in Milton, have been either completely or partially closed because they’re impassable.

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As Waters Rise, Roads Worsen

05/04/11 12:25PM By Kirk Carapezza

VPR/Patti Daniels
Many roadways on the Champlain Islands are covered with water.
As Lake Champlain reaches historic levels, Vermont's Transportation Agency says a number of highways, including Interstate 89 southbound in Milton, have either been completely or partially closed. There are also a few roads farther away from the lakeshore that have been closed because of weather conditions.

Vermont's Agency of Transportation reports the following state road conditions across the state:

State Road Closures:

  • Route 36 in St. Albans, between Georgia Shore Road and Bronson Road (1 mile west of St. Albans) is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway.
  • Route 125 near Chimney Point is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury. Route 17 remains open following VTrans’ action to add fill to flooded areas.
  • Maidstone State Highway is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway.
  • Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending.
 
Areas of Ongoing Concern:
  • I-89 Southbound in Milton will be one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane.
  • Route 2 Causeway (Milton) is open to traffic.  VTrans is working to keep this road open with gravel and stone.  Road may be reduced to one-lane travel to accommodate VTrans’ activities. Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.
  • Route 2 (East of Sandbar) is open to traffic, but there is water over the road.  Motorists are advised to use caution.
  • Route 2 in Alburg, between Routes 78 and 129 at Wagner Point. Some water in the road but both lanes are open. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and exercise caution.
  • Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere. There are multiple locations (on 118) that are reduced to one-lane traffic. These are extended events that will last until further notice.
  • Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road. One-lane traffic due to slope failure. This will be an extended event that will last until further notice.
  • Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton. Motorists will experience several single-lane areas due to multiple slope failures.
  • Route 73 in Brandon has been opened to two-way traffic.  Water remains high and motorists are advised to use caution.
  • Route 129 between Isle La Motte and Alburgh is open to one-lane traffic.  Water remains high and there is debris in the road.  Motorists are advised to use caution.
  • Note that the Chimney Point and Grand Isle ferries are still running on schedule.

 

Road Conditions

Road condition information is also found at: 511vt.com. For more information call 802-828-2648 (7am -5pm) or 211 (Vermont Emergency Management).

 

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