MONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened the 4-mile stretch of Route 100 that runs from Readsboro to Heartwellville. This segment of Route 100, which connects Route 100 to Route 8, received heavy damage from Tropical Storm Irene, and has been closed since the storm struck on August 28.
Reopening this portion of Route 100 marks a significant milestone for the Rutland Incident Command Center, which was established following Tropical Storm Irene, as it is the command center’s final section of roadway that remained closed. Although several roads within the Rutland command center’s sphere of operation remain under construction, all of its roads are now open to pubic travel.
Immediately following Irene, VTrans divided the state into three incident command areas: southwest, southeast and north. The Rutland Incident Command Center covers 52 towns in Vermont’s southwest region.
“We are all extremely proud of the progress that the Rutland Incident Command Center has achieved in less than six weeks,” said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. “Its success is truly a testament to the hard work of hundreds and hundreds of individuals. But as we celebrate, the traveling public must keep in mind that there is still much work to be done, not only in the Rutland region, but throughout the state, before all of our storm-damaged roads are ready for winter.”
Construction crews remain out in force throughout storm-damaged areas, including those in the Rutland region, doing work such as paving, repairing guard rail, unplugging culverts and conducting a host of other highway repairs. While Route 100 through Readsboro is now open, parts of it remain gravel and more work will be needed before the road is returned to normal.
Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.