VTrans Secretary Searles asks public to stay away from construction zones

first_imgVermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Brian Searles is asking the public to stay away from the damaged areas in central and southern Vermont. ‘Our road crews, private contractors and National Guard are all working very hard to repair the damage wrought by Irene. The last thing we need are sightseer’s taking pictures of the damage and getting in the way of recovery efforts.  We lost several hours of work yesterday allowing cars through the construction zone, many with out of state licensees,’ stated Searles.  ‘All we are asking is for people to stay away from the damaged areas if you don’t live there,’ continued Searles.  These roads which have recently opened are ongoing construction projects and the public should expect long delays to get through these construction zones.  ‘We are racing against the clock to get these roads ready for winter and we are going to manage these sites to accomplish that goal,’ remarked Searles.  ‘If you aren’t a full time resident of these areas you could be sitting at a check point for a very long time.  I would suggest an alternate route, there are many undamaged roads in Vermont for tourists to come enjoy’ continued Searles.  The map with the most recent updates of the state system, can be found at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external)VTrans 9.4.2011last_img