Route 5A in Westmore closed for two weeks, starting today

in Newport/News/Westmore

WESTMORE — Vermont Route 5A in Westmore will be closed for two weeks, starting today.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has closed the road to stabilize a rock ledge along the road next to Lake Willoughby.

The rock stabilization project will involve scaling loose material from the ledge face and pinning blocks in place to prevent future failures.

This site has a history of rockfall failures, including one that occurred in March affecting travel on Route 5A until large rocks that fell into the road could be removed.

It is anticipated additional failures will occur this winter if remediation is not completed.

The Barton-based contractor J.P. Sicard will perform the stabilization work.

In preparation for the closure, the contractor started placing detour signs along roads leading to the project area to alert motorists about the project.

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