Bridge beams trucked up Route 7

MIDDLEBURY - The Route 7 corridor, from Route 125 to Water Street in downtown Middlebury, was the sight of unusual events Nov. 19 and 20.

A large flatbed tractor rig, complete with police escorts, transported giant concrete beams for the under-construction, multi-million dollar Cross Street Bridge spanning Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury. The beams were moved from the Cararra Concrete yard in East Middlebury.

Middlebury schools closed prematurely at 2 p.m., Nov. 19, in anticipation of possible traffic gridlock. Town officials had alerted Middlebury College and other local schools about possible traffic problems. Parents received automated telephone calls from some of the schools alerting them to the early closing Nov. 19

However, while traffic delays were expected, the first beam to be transported Nov. 19 was moved through town smoothly and without any significant traffic problems.

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