ADDISON-Addison County experienced some of its worst Lake Champlain shoreline flooding since 1969. Route 125 was closed in the McCuen Slang wildlife area due to high water. Travelers to and from Middlebury were forced to approach the lake ferry and the Bridge Restaurant via a detour through West Addison.
In Shoreham, the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry slip was under high water. The ferry was expected to open in mid May and it is uncertain how badly flooding has damaged the dock area. Boats at the Champlain Bridge Marina seemed undamaged but riding high as high water covered a portion of nearby Route 17.
In these various areas, Vermont Agency of Transportation crews added reflective posts to protect lanes from high water.
Up north along the lake, travelers on Route 78 between Swanton to Alburgh proceeded with caution. Water spilled over into travel lanes.
Vermont Agency of Transportation road crews continued to work to stabilize Route 2 from Milton to South Hero.
Route 2 had water on the road and is one lane. Traffic is backed up on the road so motorists are asked to only travel to the Lake Champlain Islands if necessary.
VTrans marshalled its resources to install barriers and fill to raise the road and keep water off travel lanes. Travel was down to one lane at times to accommodate truck movements for the road improvement operations.
Route 129 in Alburgh has also been closed off due to debris on the road. These roads are being closely watched by VTrans staff and law enforcement and will be closed if necessary. Notification will precede any road closure.
For all road closures and travel information, please visit www.511vt.com (updated throughout the day between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.).