The Vermont Agency of Transportation opened a nearly 20-mile stretch of Route 100 between West Bridgewater and Ludlow Friday that had been closed since Tropical Storm Irene.
The roadway opening allows the public for the first time since the storm struck on August 28 to access the Calvin Coolidge Homestead, which is located in Plymouth along Route 100A. The national landmark plans an immediate opening, just in time for foliage season.
"We continue to make progress and restore mobility throughout the storm-damaged regions of Vermont," said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. "Route 100 is one of our most important north-south corridors, and this week we were able to reopen two key segments. On Tuesday we restored traffic through Granville, and today we opened access from West Bridgewater to Ludlow, which is a favorite destination for many Vermont visitors."
The Coolidge homestead currently is accessible only from Route 100 in Plymouth. The landmark also usually is accessible from Route 4, but that access remains closed due to a closed bridge along the northern segment of Route 100A.
Route 100 from West Bridgewater to Ludlow was badly damaged in several locations. Water washed away multiple road segments, and in some places completely destroyed the highway. Crews worked tirelessly for more than three weeks to make enough repairs so that the road could reopen in time for foliage.
While the road is now open to the public, work continues. Several stretches remain gravel, and repairs to guardrail and roadway shoulders are still underway. Motorists should expect short construction delays in some locations.
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 www.aot.state.vt.us where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.