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Hartland Bridge Project to Cost $2M

Hartland — State officials and planners will hold a meeting later this month to inform the public of two bridge projects in Hartland that are expected to re-route traffic off Route 5 for two to three weeks in the summer of 2014.

The meeting, slated for May 14 at 7 p.m. in Hartland Town Hall, will provide more detailed information on lead paint removal projects for the bridge located north of the Clay Hill Road intersection with Route 5 and another bridge located just north of the Gilson Road intersection. The latter project will also replace the bridge’s deck.

Mark Sargent, a project manager from the Vermont Agency of Transportation, said the combined cost for both bridge project is just under $2 million. He added that the agency had initially planned to remove the lead paint and re-paint the bridges, but decided to replace one of the bridge’s decks when it was discovered that concrete was falling onto the railroad tracks below.

That discovery, Sargent explained, necessitated the bridge closure, which he said would take between two and three weeks to complete.

Sargent said that local traffic would be diverted onto nearby gravel roads and heavy commercial traffic would use a detour on Interstate 91. He added that the project won’t take place until the summer of 2014, which would give residents ample time to plan accordingly.

“We’re not likely to pull this construction off this summer,” he said. “It would be a bit short-notice.”

Ben Conarck can be reached at bconarck@vnews.com or 603-727-3213.