This letter was sent to Chad Allen from the Vermont Agency Of Transportation.
I was hoping to have heard from you by now in reference to the state of Vermont’s plans for Route 100 between Wilmington center and Mount Snow in Dover. When we spoke last I asked for details for what you proposed for Route 100 this spring.
As the owner of several businesses I have to say the condition of the road is impacting me on all fronts. Real estate wise, it is hard to market high-end homes when the main state highway through my sales area looks like a war zone. Clients cars have been impacted by blown tires and front-end damage and everyone is asking’ “what’s up with the road”?
It is hard enough to keep your head above water when you own a farm so we plow snow all winter to keep our employees employed. This year the wear and tear on the front ends of the trucks and the plow parts we have needed to replace has been unprecedented.
Never have they dropped into holes or had plow edges catch on patch material that is all over the road. We have had to replace springs, plow A-frames, and edges on the plows and on the trucks the tires, shocks and bushings have been worn needlessly. We plow many driveways and businesses on Route 100 so we have been dealing with this all winter. I have to believe the state trucks will be costing us all in the same way.
I have witnessed them patching and filling holes many times last winter and this winter. We need more than a skim coat, Chad. I would like to see the money for the bike path to Bennington re-directed to doing a proper repaving of Route 100 starting in April. As the office of asset management, surely you must realize you are impacting our economic highway and that this is compromising all of our assets.
I have included many pages of taxpayer’s signatures who feel the same way. I look forward to hearing from you.
Janet L Boyd