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Temporary Bridges Update #14

Monday Wrap-Up

Good progress on both fronts despite uncooperative weather. Nicholson completed its drilling work on Merchants Row and began clean-up work. Champlain Construction completed assembling the new section of the Main Street waterline.

What’s on Tap Tuesday: Merchants Row. Nicholson will begin loading out its drilling rig and related equipment on Tuesday. Expect temporary lane closures on Merchants Row during this process. Customers of Bourdon Insurance, Curve Appeal, Kiss the Cook, and Edgewater Gallery should find parking issues starting to ease as the construction zone contracts. Our friends at The Diner, Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, and Sabai Sabai are open and look forward to welcoming you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a cup of coffee. Merchants Row traffic remains one-way eastbound (up the hill).

What’s on tap Tuesday: Main Street. Champlain Construction will pressure-test and then chlorinate the new section of the Main Street waterline. This begins a set of required steps prior to bringing the new section online. Two-way traffic remains in place on Main Street. Printers Alley remains closed to vehicles and pedestrians. Early Tuesday morning a flatbed truck will be parked in Marble Works alongside the rail line just north of Printers Alley to load out some of Nicholson’s equipment that is stored on the Lazarus foundation. This work should be completed around 8:30 AM.

Peasant Market Intake. The folks at St. Stephen’s decided to locate their parking space set aside for Peasant Market donations in the last parking spot on Main Street before the Church alongside Triangle Park. The space is clearly marked. If you are dropping off donations at St. Stephen’s, please do not park right in front of the Church. That remains the eastbound travel lane on Main Street.

Sunday Parking on South Pleasant Street. Several people contacted me to ask if they could park in the ACTR space on South Pleasant Street while attending Sunday church service. The answer is Yes. There is no ACTR service on Sunday.

It’s That Time of Year. The first wave of about 400 language school students arrives this coming Friday, June 23.

Looking Ahead to Foodaroo. The third annual Foodaroo festival takes place in Marble Works this coming Sunday, June 25, from 4 to 8 PM. Here’s what the organizers say about this event: “Presented by Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD), Foodaroo unites the state’s most talented culinary artisans and beverage makers, with an emphasis on Addison County and Chittenden County vendors and farms. From food trucks to brick-and-mortar operations, this outdoor event showcases creative, locally-sourced cuisine. Attendees taste their way through a huge diversity of vendors while musicians, street performers, cooking competitions, dancers and more showcase the best of Vermont’s thriving maker movement.” Printers Alley will remain closed this weekend. You can get into Marble Works via Middle Seymour Street or, on foot or bicycle, via the pedestrian bridge across the Otter Creek. You can find out more about Foodaroo at the following link:

Please keep your comments and questions coming. Send me an email at and I’ll try to cover it in my next update.

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