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Road fixes planned after crash, storms

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The new fiscal year starts Monday, just in time for some un-planned road fixes for the transportation department.

Repairs are set to start July 8 on Interstate 89 on the bridge where a multi-car accident sent a tractor-trailer over the bridge, doing some damage to the structure.

In hopes of avoiding major traffic back-ups, crews will start work at 10 a.m. and wrap up around 2 p.m. VTrans officials say while the work is needed, it's still safe to drive over in the meantime.

"These repairs are being done to the barriers and the surface. The structure of the bridge is fine," says Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles.

This year's transportation budget is more than $650 million.

Another repair project in the wake of recent storms is at French Hill near the Richmond-Williston town line.

Searles says a failed slope has caused water damage to the interstate, and a permanent fix is needed. And until they find one, traffic will be limited to one lane, possibly for the entire month.

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