The Vermont Agency of Transportation has issued a traffic alert to motorists that construction work at the ‘Checkered House Bridge’ on Route 2 over the Winooski River in the Town of Richmond will require temporary road closings, including Interstate 89, for brief periods over the next several weeks beginning Tuesday, April 5. The blasting is related to preparation for construction of the temporary detour that will be installed so that traffic can be maintained while the bridge is widened. Starting on April 5, two blasts a day ‘ one at 11 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. ‘ are planned every weekday for up to four weeks. During the blast, no traffic will be allowed into the blast zone. Flaggers will stop traffic from entering the zone. The State Police will manage a rolling roadblock on the highway. It is anticipated that traffic stoppages will last a maximum of 10 minutes during this period. The following roads will be affected: · Johnnie Brook Road· Kenyon Road· U.S. Route 2· Route 117 (in the vicinity of Route 2)· Interstate 89 between Exit 11 (Richmond) and Exit 12 (Williston)Throughout the project there will be timely communication with the public about conditions that may affect travel. In addition, VTrans will use www.511vt.com(link is external) to post traffic alerts. A project website, www.checkeredhousebridge.com(link is external), has been developed to provide information on the project.