Information: Rochester Bridge Closing

Via Vermont Today:

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will close a section of Route 73 in Rochester Wednesday, Oct. 26, for about a week.

The road section will be closed so that a one-lane temporary bridge installed shortly after Tropical Storm Irene can be removed and be replaced with a two-lane culvert.

Route 73 has been closed to through traffic since Irene struck on August 28, but VTrans has kept the road passable for local residents and emergency vehicles.

This closure, however, will prevent even local and emergency vehicles from being able to pass. The closure is expected to last at least one week.

The Route 73 one-lane temporary bridge was put in place so that VTrans could get equipment, parts and material to Route 73’s intersection with Route 100 where a major bridge linking the two roads was destroyed by Irene. A two-lane temporary bridge at the intersection was opened Oct. 15, and will remain open so that Rochester residents living along Route 73 can access Route 100.

The one-lane temporary bridge that is being removed on Oct. 26 is located several miles west of Route 73’s intersection with Route 100, and it sits along the steep hill leading to the top of Brandon Gap.

Closing Route 73 in this location will not prevent most Rochester residents from reaching Route 100, but the closure will prevent Rochester residents from using Route 73 to reach Brandon and its surrounding area.

Traffic headed to Brandon will have to detour using either Route 125 to the north, or Route 4 to the south.

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