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Sharon, Vermont - October 16, 2008

A long line of cars and trucks backed up the southbound off-ramp at Exit 2 of I89 as motorists were diverted off the highway.

"There is a sign saying the road is closed so we are wondering why," said motorist Ann Corso.

The detour stemmed from a truck accident which took place Wednesday. No one was injured when the big rig lost its load, but damage to the bridge was extensive.

"The chains on the truck broke and a 20-ton piece of granite fell off the truck and rolled 400-odd feet, destroying everything in its path," said John Zicconi of the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

Traffic seemed to flow smoothly Thursday morning as vehicles crossed Route 132 and continued southbound up the on ramp directly ahead. For this local business right down the road, more traffic is a good thing.

"Plenty of people are coming into the store because they can't figure out how to get back onto the highway, believe it or not," said Jill Dorman of the Sharon Trading Post

Originally officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation said the issue would be a quick fix.  But upon further review, they say it will be at least a week before the needed repairs are made.

Continued Zicconi: "It's unfortunate it happened on the bridge. if it happened on the highway there would be a few divots in the roadway and it wouldn't be as big a deal. but because the block was so heavy it perforated the bridge when it rolled down the highway and that caused some problems that are going to take a little while to fix."

Motorists we talked to did not seem to mind the minute or so delay.

"Not a big deal. We are heading on holiday," said Corso.

And for those who are inconvenienced, there is always the country store on the corner.

"It gives them and chance after they are so frustrated to stop out, grab a coffee, maybe get some beer, and head back home," said Dorman.

How they get home will depend on the progress crews make with the repairs.

Adam Sullivan - WCAX News

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