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WRC Receives Funds for Adams Brook Restoration Final Design

The Windham Regional Commission (WRC) is pleased to announce that it has secured funding from the State of Vermont, Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, Ecosystem Restoration Program, for developing final designs for restoration of 200’ of Adams Brook in Newfane.

Following the Tropical Storm Irene flood of 2011, bed armor treatments were applied to approximately 200 feet of Adams Brook in Newfane, VT. These treatments resulted in significant impacts to aquatic resources which continue to occur today. The depth, sizing and gradation of bed armor were not appropriate and the transition to and from natural streambed elevation was too large and too abrupt.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of October 3rd

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, October 2nd, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 26th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, September 25th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 19th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 12th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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Brooks Memorial Library Wants To Hear From You

This year is a big one for Brooks Memorial Library. We hired a new Library Director, Starr LaTronica; we are using some of the recent generous Ronald Read bequest for internal upgrades and renovations. In addition, this is the year we have the opportunity to revise and rewrite our five year Strategic Plan.

Brooks Memorial Library is well-loved and well used by its customers and continues to be. But the world of libraries is changing. Libraries are expanding beyond their collections of books and media by providing new kinds of programs, services and opportunities. Some libraries offer classes, some loan out tools and gear, some connect patrons with community resources and some provide space for business incubators, conversation salons or makerspaces. At BML, we can do many of these things, and in fact, already do some of them. Now, we need to know what our patrons and cardholders want and need?

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Noise In the Library?!?! Brooks Memorial Library Renovations

The Brooks Memorial Library is beginning renovations made possible by the recent bequest of Ronald Read. Mr. Read left BML over 1.2 million dollars in 2015. The Board of Trustees has invested the bulk of the funds in an endowment to provide support for the library for generations to come. The balance is being used to offset the staffing costs of restored hours and to make improvements to the building which will be 50 years old next year. The BML Buildings and Grounds Committee sought extensive input from the public and staff during the planning process. Among the improvements will be added spaces for meetings and quiet study a room for teens and a restroom on the ground floor.

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Brattleboro Development Review Board Meeting Agenda

The Brattleboro Development Review Board will hold a meeting on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Selectboard Meeting Room at the Municipal Center.

Rita Johnson
Planning Clerk & E911 Coordinator
Town of Brattleboro
230 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05301
planning@brattleboro.org

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of September 5th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Monday, September 5th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (I-91 will remain open). Traffic conditions on both I-91 and through the town will be monitored closely throughout the day. Should traffic congestion become an issue, the ramps may be re-opened until traffic conditions improve. This will be managed actively throughout the day until peak traffic volumes have passed.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

Thank you for your patience as the bridge flares were constructed at RT 30 this week.

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Rt 30 Closure Schedule Update - Tuesday

Good Afternoon,

Please note the following:

· Today’s RT 30 closure will be extended to 8:00 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

· RT 30 will be closed tomorrow (Wednesday) starting at 7:00 AM. This is required to finish the concrete operations over RT30.

Thank you for your patience as we work to complete the flares over RT 30.

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RT 30 Closure Schedule Update - Monday

Route 30 closure for today, August 29, 2016 will be extended to 8:00 p.m. this evening.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bonnie Clark
Field Office Manager
Public Relations Officer
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
41 Spring Tree Road | Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

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Western Avenue Paving Schedule

As part of the Town’s paving program, the Town has contracted with Vermont Roadworks LLC to resurface Western Avenue from Allerton Avenue to Chestnut Hill. They are currently scheduled to mill the pavement on August 30th, 2016 from 6:00 pm until 12:00 am (midnight). We anticipate paving Western Avenue on September 6, 2016 during the evening hours as well to reduce traffic impacts.

During these evenings, please find off street parking in this area.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah O’Connell, Highway and Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802) 254 – 4255 or hoconnell@brattleboro.org.

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RT 30 Closure Schedule Update

The RT 30 Road Closure Schedule has been revised as follows:

Friday, August 26, 2016 – CANCELLED

Monday, August 29, 2016 – ADDED TO REPLACE 8/26

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (Backup/Makeup Day if Needed)

Thursday, September 01, 2016 – CANCELLED

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 22nd

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, August 21st, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

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Rt. 30 Closures in Brattleboro

The following dates Route 30, under I-91 Brattleboro will be closed from approximately 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. to ensure the safety of the traveling public while work occurs on the new bridge.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 8th

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

To reduce congestion on I-91, both Exit 3 on ramps will be closed on Sunday, August 7th, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. I-91 will remain open.

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Whipple Street Closure

Please see the following road closure information effective MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 2016:

Whipple Street will be closed to through traffic for road repairs from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th.

If you have any questions, please contact Hannah O’Connell, Highway / Utilities Superintendent, at the Brattleboro Department of Public Works at (802)254 – 4255.

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Brattleboro's Comprehensive Review of Town Operations - Draft

One of the major tasks Peter Elwell announced when he took the job as Town Manager was a Comprehensive Review of Town Operations. It’s a top to bottom look at everything Brattleboro does coupled with an attempt to organize a new to-do list for the town. Added to this is some analysis of where we are doing well and where we might be coming up short. It has been a project that has had the involvement of town staff of every department.

The draft version of the document is completed and will be presented to the Selectboard Thursday night for their review and comments. In fact, the document is to be considered a “living document” so that it can be changed an updated as need be as times change. What you see here is the starting point, subject to change. That also means that you can have a role in shaping Brattleboro’s future by reading it and letting the Selectboard or Town Manager’s office know what you think.

Below you’ll find the full draft version (minus the table of contents, unnecessary here). The introduction is a letter from Mr. Elwell explaining the project and the process. He also points out some of the major lessons learned thus far in the course of creating the document.

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Brattleboro Transportation Center - Temporary Closing of Elliot Street Entrance

The Elliot Street entrance to the Brattleboro Transportation Center will be closed temporarily from Thursday, August 4th to Friday, August 5th to allow for regular maintenance of the expansion joint on the bridge from Elliot Street to the garage. The work will be performed by Nicom Coatings Corporation of Barre, Vermont.

The closing is expected to commence on August 4, 2016 at 8:00am. The work will continue until complete, with an anticipated completion date of August 5, 2016. While the Elliot Street entrance is closed, the public is asked to use the Flat Street entrance. The parking of vehicles in the Brattleboro Transportation Center will not be affected by the closure of the Elliot Street entrance.

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I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Replacement Project Update: Week of August 1st

I-91

Northbound I-91 traffic has been relocated onto the southbound bridge. Traffic will remain reduced to one lane in each direction on I-91 until completion of the new bridge. The new bridge will be 104’ wide and is designed to carry all four lanes of traffic –two northbound and two southbound.

Route 30

The speed limit on Route 30 near the work zone has been reduced to 40 mph. Project-related truck activity on Route 30 will continue. Route 30 may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

Upper Dummerston Road

Upper Dummerston may be reduced to a single lane intermittently, with flaggers regulating traffic within the work zone.

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