by Gail P. Montany
Contractors and state Agency of Transportationengineersare making preparations to begin a $4 million federal interstate improvement project here, slated to start May 1~
A 9.2-mile stretch of both the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 91 will be milled down and repaved, with the work to begin at the Interstate 93/91 exchange in Waterford and stop at the Lyndon interchange where the double bridges pass over Route 5.
Brox Industries of Dracut, Mass., was awarded the contract, which was let out to bid last fall. A Pennsylvania company will do the planing, said a project official.
The contract calls for cold-planing, paving, guardrail and bridge joint improvements, striping, catch basin adjustment, and permanent, invisible snow fence installation on bridges, including the so-called Bonzai Bridge in St. Johnsbury. Other improvements will be made to bring the stretch up to standard, said Dave Sargent, the assigned resident engineer for the construction division of the AOT's St. Johasbury-based Region 2, which covers the northeast quarter of the state.
Theproject,budgetedat $4,067,853.50, will work half- to one-mile sections of both lanes at a time beginning, on May 1 at the Waterford end, and finish up about Sept. 5, said Sargent.