Worth Knowing: Quechee Gorge Bridge safety fence installation to begin tomorrow, Monday 15

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation will start installation of a temporary safety fence on the Quechee Gorge Bridge on Monday, October 15. Work hours will be Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be NO weekend work.

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During installation there will be one-lane travel on Route 4 at the bridge, with traffic controlled by flaggers. One sidewalk will be open to pedestrians at all times while the contractor is working on the bridge. The 9-foot fence that will be installed consists of green vinyl with green posts and fittings with openings for gorge viewing. Galvanized (silver) fittings will be used to attach to the existing rail to match the existing color of the bridge rail.

The temporary fence is being installed as a result of legislation passed in 2016 that requires the state to take measures to prevent suicides at the gorge (there have been four suicides at the Quechee Gorge in 2018 alone) and to improve pedestrian and first responder safety in response to a number of suicides and other incidents at the gorge. Ultimately there will be a long-term plan for improved safety at the Quechee Gorge.

Miller Construction of Windsor, VT is the contractor, assisted by Lafayette of Essex Junction. The contractor estimates the installation will take 3 ½ weeks.

Please drive with caution through the work zone and watch for flaggers.

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