Roads Re-Open But Travel Still Difficult

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A few roadways in Vermont have re-opened to traffic, but a large number are still closed, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation says Bennington and Windham counties are especially hard hit.

Roads that have re-opened include: Route 140 in East Wallingford, Route 302 in Groton, Route 100 in Waitsfield, Route 12 between Bethel and Randolph, and Route 17 in Starksboro.

Waters have receded on the Batten Kill allowing Route 7A in Arlington to re-open. Also, U.S. 7 has reopened between Arlington and Manchester. Travel between Brandon and Rutland on U.S. 7 is now possible using detours.

VTrans says bridge inspectors have been sent to Bennington and Windham counties where there has been significant damage. At this time 30 state highway bridges have been closed due to damage.

The state’s rail system also has at least four bridges washed out, and Amtrak has suspended service because of damage to tracks.

Other public transportation systems are working to restore service as well. "The Bus" in Rutland is still only running a limited number of routes.

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