MoCoGov readers have probably noticed that I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blog posting for the election. Now that that awful thing is behind us, I’ll get back to writing more frequently. And today’s news gives me a chance to post on a subject that never fails to cheer me up — road construction!!
I-69 Development Partners provided their plans for winterization of Section 5 of I-69 last week at the MPO Policy Committee meeting. I will admit that the committee was by and large underwhelmed, and had hoped for a much more detailed schedule. I don’t doubt that they (we) will continue to push for such. But at least this plan gives motorists some idea of how the road will be configured for the winter.
Per their “Winter safety plan”, I-69 Development Partners will:
- Open four-lanes of traffic wherever possible
- Excludes southbound Bryants Creek Bridge
- Untangle traffic at bifurcated area [the area where the northbound and southbound lanes are separated by a wooded area], northbound to continue as single lane through the northbound Bryants Creek Bridge
- Move traffic back to the travel lanes and off of the shoulders
- Complete inside bridge widening work at CSX and three bottom bridges (south of Walnut) and move traffic to inside (left) lanes
- Open Vernal Pike from Crescent west to Industrial
They say that these items will be completed by the end of the year, with a “few work items carrying over into early January if the weather holds.”
The single-lane traffic at the Bryant’s Creek Bridge is probably the biggest concern with the winterization plan. Since we have not been provided with a more detailed schedule yet, it isn’t clear how long this area of the road will be restricted.