Huntington Highway Department News
WINTER DRIVING TIPS
1. Give our plow trucks plenty of room: When you see an oncoming plow truck, please slow down and pull over toward the right in order to give us room to maneuver – and don’t try to share narrow bridges with us. A 65,000 pound truck doesn’t stop on a dime. And, we have an overall 14-foot plowing width (steel on the road) and most of our roads are less than 20 feet wide.
2. Don’t tailgate: If you can’t see the side mirrors on our truck, we can’t see you.
3. Plan ahead and leave early: In the wintertime—both daytime and in the dark—you need to leave yourself extra travel time in order to get to your destination safely.
4. Scrape your windows: It takes just a few extra minutes to thoroughly scrape all your car windows but it can take months and hundreds of dollars to recover from an accident caused by driving
with a frosted, iced, or snow covered window that limits what you can see.
5. Slow speeds & salt reduction: Always gage your speed based on road conditions – which in the winter often means having to go slower than the posted speed limit. Our towns do not have a ‘clear roads’ policies. For environmental and economic reasons, some areas will have less salt than others.
6. Shoveling, Snow blowing & plowing: Snow that’s pushed or tossed on to the traveled way or shoulder of roads may freeze and become a serious hazard to motorists. Besides that, it’s against the law (23 V.S.A. § 1126a) with a $76.00 fine per occurrence.
7. Please help keep your culverts clear: Between our two towns, we have well over 3,000 culverts. Water that can’t make it through a culvert because of debris blockage is likely to overflow, ice up, damage driveways, and make roads hazardous.
INFORMATION ON BRIDGE 8 Replacement (MAIN ROAD - just south of Moody Road)
Targeted for construction during the Summer 2016 season, the bridge project will require a Moody/Carse Road detour. Heavy trucks will be required to detour via Hinesburg Hollow Road/Route 116/Rt 17. For more information, click here. The existing bridge (originally built in 1934) presents significant challenges due to its alignment, narrow width and structural deterioration. After extensive research and analysis, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has developed 7 alternatives for addressing the problems that range from “doing nothing” to a new longer, wider and realigned bridge (at an estimated cost of nearly 3.5 million dollars).
Huntington Lower Village Bike/Pedestrian Scoping Study - 2013 VTrans Grant
With increasing concerns about traffic, parking and pedestrian/bicycle safety in the Lower Village, the Selectboard is considering broader transportation alternatives before repaving of the Main Road occurs in that area. To support the investigation into various improvement strategies and alternatives, the Town secured a 2013 VTRANS grant to fund 90% of the cost of preparing a scoping report. The project is being managed with support from Peter Keating, Senior Transportation Planner at the Chittenden Regional Planning Commission and will be conducted by DuBois & King. Click here to see a copy of the grant application which has been funded. Please contact Town Administrator Barbara Elliott at email@example.com / 434-4779 for additional information.
VTRANS Report: Repair/Replacement Alternatives for Camels Hump Road Bridge #30 The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTRANS) has prepared a report with proposed alternatives for addressing the repair/replacement of Bridge #30 (Camels Hump Road). A copy of this VTRANS bridge scoping report is pdf available here (2.78 MB).
The Highway Department is responsible for the maintenance of the town's roadways. Duties include: construction and maintenance of dirt and paved road surfaces, maintenance of bridges, culverts, guard rails, ditching, brush control, highway signs, erosion control and winter road maintenance. Highway Department members also aid the Fire Department and First Response Team. Because of Huntington's diverse topograhy and many streams, road maintenance is especially challenging with 21 bridges, over 600 culverts, a mixture of Class 2 and Class 3 roads with steep slopes and extensive elevation change.
Contact Information for the Highway Department:
Town Garage: (802) 434-2710
Foreman Pager: (802) 350-8348
Town Administrator: (802) 434-4779 (for contact via radio)
Mailing Address: 4930 Main Road, Huntington, VT 05462
Fax: (802) 329-2013
Clinton (Yogi) Alger- Foreman