Frequently Asked Questions
Where exactly is this project located?
This project is located in the town of St. Johnsbury in Caledonia County on VT Route 2B above the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The project site is approximately 0.4 miles west of the eastern intersection with US Route 2.
Who is leading this project?
The Vermont Agency of Transportation is leading this project.
Why does this bridge need to be replaced?
Built in 1936, the bridge is in poor condition and continues to deteriorate due to deck leakage. The rolled steel beams have heavy section loss. The concrete deck has full depth holes and the bridge rail has a lot of spalling. The long retaining wall on the southeast corner of the bridge leans forward and is out of plumb.
When will construction start?
Construction is scheduled to begin in April 2017.
When is the project expected to be finished?
Construction is expected to be completed in July 2017.
Will there be any road closures?
Accelerated bridge construction methods will shorten the length of time to build the bridge. A 7-week closure of the road at the construction zone is planned while the existing bridge is demolished and the new bridge is installed. Click here for a detour map for vehicles.
Will there be any trail closures?
Accelerated bridge construction methods will shorten the length of time to build the bridge. A 4-week closure of the rail trail at the construction zone is planned while the existing bridge is demolished and the new bridge is installed. Click here for a detour map for trail users.
Will detours be marked?
How much will the project cost?
The project cost is $2.1 million.
Why did VTrans decide to close the bridge rather than install a temporary bridge?
VTrans considers many factors when deciding to close a bridge and not have a temporary bridge during construction. A decision is made based on the length of closure, volume of traffic, length of the detour, safety, cost and physical constraints of the site such road geometry, intersecting roads, adjacent buildings, available Right-of-Way, etc.
How long will the bridge be closed?
Four weeks. It will take three weeks to build to the superstructure. The bridge will be closed one more week to build and cure the concrete bridge rail, approach rail, and install the bridge membrane and pavement.
How can you be sure the anticipated project schedule will be met?
Contractors are given incentives to complete a job ahead of schedule and financial penalties if they are late. If VTrans were given a grade for on-time delivery of Accelerated Bridge Projects with bridge closures, it would be an A+.
How will the school buses get students to school if the bridge is closed?
The bridge closure will occur during the summer when the school is not in session.
How will the bridge closure affect fire services?
VTrans recognizes that fire service is very important and has developed a plan in collaboration with the Guilford Fire Department and with permission from the Federal Highway Administration to use the emergency access ramp from I-91 just south of the Village of Algiers so that equipment and fire personnel can provide efficient access to the area of town south of the bridge. This ramp will only be open to respond to emergencies and will be closed at all other times.
How will people get mail from the mailboxes located on Grist Mill Road?
VTrans is coordinating with the Brattleboro Post Office to move these mailboxes so that residents south of the bridge can get their mail. The temporary location will be along the I-91 emergency access ramp, located on Route 5 just south of Algiers Village.
Will there be a local bypass detour?
The State detour for this project will be I-91. The Town of Guilford may select a local, non-truck detour route. If a local route in chosen, the Town will be responsible for placing signs on local roads.