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November 10, 2011

Route 73 Between Rochester and Brandon Now Open to Public Travel

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a storm-damaged stretch of Route 73 between Rochester and Brandon. Opening the road restores the entire length of Route 73, including a 14-mile segment known as Brandon Gap Road, to full east-west travel.

Route 73 was severely damaged on August 28 by Tropical Storm Irene. Damage included multiple roadway washouts along Brandon Gap Road, and the destruction of a 75-foot bridge at the roadway’s intersection with Route 100 in Rochester. Crews last month erected a two-lane temporary bridge at the Route 100 intersection, but Route 73 remained closed to through traffic so that work crews could complete roadway repairs along Brandon Gap Road and reestablish two lanes of travel.

While road repairs are not yet complete – paving-related work and guardrail reestablishment are ongoing – they are far enough along that traffic can be reestablished. Motorists using Route 73 are urged to drive with caution and expect occasional delays as work crews finish repairs.

Irene severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only 2 bridge locations remains closed, and all but 9 miles of state roadway are open to public travel.

Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Office of the Governor
Last Updated at: November 10, 2011 09:02:52