VTrans to close VT Route 191 in Newport starting July 8

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NEWPORT — The Vermont Agency of Transportation plans to close VT Route 191 in Newport on July 8.

Crews are working to remediate slope failures affecting the roadway and to increase its safety.

Crews are preparing for the six-week road closure, which is scheduled to reopen by August 19.

The closed section of VT Route 191 begins approximately one mile west of the Interstate 91 interchange and extends approximately 1,450 feet.

During the road closure, traffic will be detoured via Interstate 91, US Route 5/VT Route 105, and US Route 5.

A combination of layers of rock, groundwater, and poor soil conditions have caused continuous slope movements since the construction of the roadway in 1971.

The Route 191 project was developed to prevent future slope movements from deteriorating the roadway further.

The project includes full-depth reconstruction of VT Route 191, replacing the culvert located approximately 30 feet below the surface, and installing three active extraction wells to alleviate groundwater pressure and increase the stability of the roadway.

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