Middlebury – “Sand Hill Bridge” RS 0174(8) ‐ Bridge #13 on VT 125 over Middlebury River

The Middlebury (Sand Hill Bridge) bridge replacement project: “Middlebury RS 0174(8) ‐ Bridge #13” information is available (see links below). Based on input to accommodate to accommodate the Towns of Ripton and Middlebury, this project is anticipated to go to construction, involving a forty-five (45) day bridge closure period (BCP) during the months of April and May of 2014. Please visit the following link to view the portion of VT 125 roadway at the bridge to be closed.

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Fitch, P.E. at VTrans at 802.828.3042 or via email at Jennifer.Fitch@state.vt.us.


History:

  • 2006: Town of Middlebury contacted by VTrans on 17 May 2006, requesting that the Town make a ‘de minimus’ finding regarding impact of the project on historic and recreational resources. Bill Finger (Town Manager) responded on 26 Jun 2006 requesting that VTrans hold a public hearing in East Middlebury to present its plans, particularly regarding the impact on the swimming hole (communicated to newly assigned VTrans project manager, Wayne Simonds).
  • 2003: CLD prepares and distributes new roll of preliminary plans. Plans do not indicate swimming hole preservation and improvement.
  • 2001: VTrans holds 502 corridor hearing on 17 Sep 2001. VTrans chooses a new alignment on 9 Oct 2001.
  • 2000: Alternatives presentation hearing on 18 Jan 2000. Town again stresses need to have a good plan for preserving and improving the swimming hole.
  • 1999: VTrans contracts the project out to CLD Consulting Engineers.
  • 1993: Historic Preservation and Archeology studies done on alternative alignments. Project sent back to VTrans Planning Division for a few years.
  • 1984-1986: Vermont Agency of Transportation prepares plans for a new bridge downstream, obliterating the swimming hole and park (no original plans for preservation).
  • 1984: Middlebury SelectBoard & East Middlebury Fire District Prudential Committee meet with Vermont Agency of Transportation to discuss the project objectives for the Sand Hill Bridge. Need to preserve scenic qualities of the historic arch and swimming hole are stressed. Photo of the arch bridge and swimming hole is featured on the 1985 Town Report cover with note in the inside cover stating “Town and East Middlebury Fire District officials have asked the State to save the scenic character of the Gorge by preserving the swimming hole and other historic attributes” .

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