Construction of the western leg of the Bennington Bypass highway project began on Monday. A contractor for the Vermont Agency of Transportation began clearing trees that surround what will soon be the ramps for the new highway.
The section of the bypass will connect U.S. Route 7 in Bennington to State Route 7 in Hoosick Falls, New York. Construction on the western leg is expected to be completed by November 1.
The long-planned Bennington Bypass is designed to ease traffic congestion in downtown Bennington.