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Old 09-14-2011, 08:43 AM
 
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Hi all, I am a former VT resident and am absolutely heartbroken by what Irene did to The Green Mountain State. This is my first trip up since Irene and usually I take Route 9 from Brattleboro west towards Bennington. I have been keeping up with the Agency of Transportation updates and it looks like Route 9 is now open to through traffic but states “Limited service, expect delays.”

Does anyone live in the area or know exactly what shape the road is currently in? I am driving in on Friday and am debating whether or not to take the longer (30+ minutes), more roundabout route from North Adams, MA or if the delays on 9 are minor and I should just proceed as usual. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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*cricket* *cricket*

With the limited information I have, I guess I will plan on taking Rt. 7 up into Bennington to avoid the bulk of Rt. 9.
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Old 09-15-2011, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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I've got secondhand news to provide here. I've heard Route 9 is open now. If so, it's likely not at full capacity, but may be fine for your purposes. Call/check Vermont 511 for updates:

Vermont Agency of Transportation

That said, 30 minutes doesn't sound like much of a delay to ensure good travel conditions if you want to be certain.

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Hi all, I am a former VT resident and am absolutely heartbroken by what Irene did to The Green Mountain State. This is my first trip up since Irene and usually I take Route 9 from Brattleboro west towards Bennington. I have been keeping up with the Agency of Transportation updates and it looks like Route 9 is now open to through traffic but states “Limited service, expect delays.”

Does anyone live in the area or know exactly what shape the road is currently in? I am driving in on Friday and am debating whether or not to take the longer (30+ minutes), more roundabout route from North Adams, MA or if the delays on 9 are minor and I should just proceed as usual. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-15-2011, 05:40 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I haven't been there lately, but FWIW, many of the roads that were reopened are very bad in spots. One lane at some points, no real shoulder anymore, dirt patches, etc. Any road you take, be cautious, there's been stories of people driving into rivers, etc...
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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I figured I'd report back in case anyone else had a similar question. I avoided the whole eastern side of the state and came up through Mass. on Rt. 7 into Bennington.

Rt. 9 is completely passable and in very good shape in the limited area I traveled on it (Bennington/Woodford). They are still working near the bridges but nothing that even held traffic up in the slightest. From what I hear, it is out towards the Marlboro area where it gets dicey.
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