MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury is moving forward with its tunnel project.
The first round of drilling happened last spring, things will resume again next week.
Originally the construction was supposed to begin this month, but meeting government requirements is taking a bit longer than anticipated.
When it's complete, about a 300 foot tunnel will take the place of two deteriorating bridges. The town says the new tunnels will mean bigger trains can move through the area.
"This will give us double stack railroad cars for freight and also give us passenger rail for future," Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said. "There will also be a restoration of the green between the two bridges."
Ramsay says the improved green space with allow for more community events and the possibility of Amtrak would help boost the economic development program.
the expected location and schedule for drilling (although subject to change):
- Tuesday, April 8th - Merchants Row Bridge - 1 Lane Closure
- Wednesday, April 9th - Main Street Bridge - 1 Lane Closure
- Thursday, April 10th - Printers Alley - Brief Road Closure
- Friday, April 11th - Along the railroad corridor - No roadway impacts