This letter is directed to the Vermont Department of Transportation, more specifically the project director overseeing the Route 9 resurfacing project.
If I remember correctly, Route 9 through Wilmington was resurfaced approximately 10 years ago and that project started very shortly after the July 4 holiday, during the height of summer and peak business period in the Deerfield Valley.
I also remember the project director writing to The Deerfield Valley News trying to explain the reasons behind the start time of the project indicating that there was much preparation needed before the project was to begin such as getting permits in place, reviewing and accepting bid proposals, etc. With this, I am led to believe there were many complaints.
I understand that there are fiscal year issues to deal with in terms of assigning projects and allocating funding, but I also think the permit process and bid proposals could be started during the end of winter if not the previous autumn allowing for inflation should the proposals be accepted and assigned far in advance.
I also question why the decision was made to grind up Route 9 west of Haystack Road when that section of road was in good shape. Could it have been possible to extend the project east approximately 1/2 mile going at least up to Hogback corner as that section of road is in horrible shape?
I don’t know how flexible the terms of these projects are once they are assigned but I find it hard to believe that modifications can’t be made under the circumstances I just mentioned.
I also question why the decision was made to do the construction during the day, during peak traffic flow? Last time this project was done, the work was performed during the night. Could it be that residents along the construction route had been asked prior to construction and chose to have the work performed during the day?
As for Route 100, I am told that is slated for resurfacing in the next few years.
I am not the only person expressing displeasure over the timing of this project as I have spoken with several people in the area, some business owners who were impacted. The work has to get done but is there not a way to do it so it has less impact on the community it is being done for?