Vermont Roads Almost Ready for Skiers

September 29, 2011; 6:05 AM
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Vermont has repaired most of the roads washed away in Irene's flooding.<br>Allen Crabtree/American Red Cross

For skiers worried about getting to their favorite mountain, Vermont officials don't want you to worry. The roads to "Killington are accessible, Stowe is fine," Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, said.

"We're basically a month into our recovery from Tropical Storm Irene," Minter said. "Of the over 500 miles [of road] that were damaged by the storm, today all but 13 miles are open in some capacity."

There are 20-odd miles of state road open only to emergency vehicles and some sections of road that the state has only opened one lane. The repairs on bridges and roads were "done very quickly to get them passable for winter."

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"While we've been able to get the vast majority of the system back up, some [roads] will take 8 to 10 weeks more [to repair]," Minter said.

Specifically, sections of Routes 107, 131 and 106 need more repair. Minter called one stretch of 131 "Cavendish Canyon," where flooding from the Black River carved out a 200-foot chasm.

"The vast majority of Vermont was not affected by Irene's flooding," Minter said. "We are definitely doing as much as we can to clarify that Vermont is open for business."

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