Roadwork causing significant delays in Jericho

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Jericho, Vt– Roadwork in Jericho has been causing headaches for some drivers. The Vermont Agency of Transportation wants drivers to be aware of construction along Route 15. Paving and resurfacing will take place at the Essex Junction town line, run through the village of Jericho, and into Underhill.

“The surface of this road has been deteriorating over time,” said Josh Hulett, Project Resident Engineer for VTrans. “It’s just going to improve the ride surface and also improve the drainage to keep water off the road.”

For drivers, it’s causing significant backups and delays on their daily commutes.

“It’s just a large volume of traffic, Hulett said. “The minute you stop traffic, it starts getting backed up and those cues of traffic get longer.”

VTrans said crews will be continuing to repair the roads over the next few weeks which will lead to more delays.

“Between milling currently and paving later on this week and into next week,” Hulett said.

According to VTrans, the biggest tie ups will be during the morning and afternoon commute. Hulett said he understands the frustration behind the delays, but encourages people to allow extra time and to be patient.

“We understand people need to get to their jobs and get to places they’re going, but we also need to be cognizant of the workers and the safety of the project itself.”

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