Right Now is the Height of Construction Season

By Christine Souders | csouders@nexstar.tv

Published 07/07 2014 06:46PM

Updated 07/07 2014 06:58PM

ESSEX, Vt. - Vermont is well underway into this construction season.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has an aggressive schedule to complete work on roads and bridges.

You're bound to run in to traffic delays and detours well through November.

There are nearly 100 road and bridge projects this year in the works, valued at $300 million dollars

Although we are getting nicer roads and bridges, the construction has it's ups and downs.

Just like Glen Gunelic's perennials sprout up every year, so does road construction.

Gunelic's business, Oakwood Farms is off of Route 128 in Essex where paving has been going on for quite a while.

"The paving has moved along rather quickly, in respect to last year digging up the road bed. It had a very hard and challenging proposition for people to come by," said Glen Gunelic.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation said the weather this year has allowed contractors to move more efficiently.

VTrans' goal is to complete 85% of the projects on time.

"There's some large projects of course in Chittenden County. If you drive through the St. Johnsbury area you will certainly come across paving. We have large bridge projects on the interstate. We're even doing an emergency flood repair from Irene in the Wardsboro, Jamaica area on VT 100," said David Hoyne, VTrans' Director of Construction & Materials.

VTrans' is also working to limit the amount of construction during peak traveling hours.

"That's why you're seeing more night paving, that's why you're seeing more accelerated bridge projects that have short duration road closures, and VTrans' is really actively pursuing traffic management to minimize disruption to traveling project," said Hoyne.

He added the work is necessary to save in the long run.

"It's better to maintain what you have, rather than to let it fall into complete disrepair and having to undergo a very expensive construction project. It's also safer for the traveling public, a smooth road is a safer road and it's also more efficient for winter maintenance," Hoyne said.

Glen Gunelic is okay with a little construction as long as people stop to smell the roses.

There are of course a number of major projects on New York roads.

U.S. Route 11 over Interstate 87 in Champlain is on track to be completed this fall in Clinton County.

In Essex County is a nearly $3 million dollar contract through December to replace three bridges.



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