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Waterbury prepares for major road construction

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Major construction in Waterbury is set to begin next Monday as the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the town work to improve the roadways.

It's the first project of many that will span over a period of five years. The intersection of Route 100 and Route 2 will be transformed into a roundabout; a change that VTrans says is much needed.

Tom Bryant has seen it coming since he opened Maxi's Restaurant eight years ago.

"It looks like the day has finally come where they're actually going to be doing the project," said Bryant.

It's a project that will affect his business and other local businesses in the area; the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Route 100 and Route 2.

"I'm sure it won’t help business, having major delays and everything around here but there's not a lot we can really do about it," said Bryant.

VTrans has partnered with the town to begin construction next Monday. The roundabout will cost nearly $4 million and will be funded thru VTrans with federal and state funds. The goal is to improve traffic and safety concerns.

The roundabout is the first of many projects set to take place right here in Waterbury within the next five years. There are also plans to begin construction on the sidewalks going through town.

This summer, a traffic signal will also be installed at the northbound off ramp of exit 10 near Route 100. There are also plans for major bridge work in the spring of 2015 on I-89 near the Waterbury exit. Moving into the summer of 2016, the northbound off ramp over Stowe Street will also be completely replaced. The project that will have the biggest impact on Waterbury will be a 3-year project on Main Street beginning in 2016.

"That's really from one end of the village all the way to the other which will be major reconstruction, including undergrounding of utilities, sewer, water, sidewalks and roadway reconstruction as well," said Kevin Marshiar, VTrans deputy chief engineer.

All of the projects will cost $60 million. VTrans and Waterbury are working with the community to make sure the projects go smoothly with a public consultant and community liaison.

"We're really taking all these pieces and putting them together and making sure that we're doing diligence to make sure that the information is out there and the expectations are set for folks," said Marshiar.

"One thing that I can say is that the town has worked with me a lot throughout the process to really keep me informed on what's going to happen," said Bryant.

Along with a new entrance, Maxi's Restaurant will also get a new parking lot as a result of the project. The roundabout is scheduled to be open this fall, but won't be completely finished until next spring. 

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