MILTON — Starting next week, Rollin Irish Road will be closed to through traffic so a long-awaited repair can finally be made.
A culvert, or tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road, will be replaced by Milton Public Works staff around the area of 207 Rollin Irish Rd.
"This project has been a long time coming," Public Works Director Dave Allerton said in a March 23 interview with the Independent.
The problem: About 20 years ago, a big storm blew through in the springtime and washed the existing culvert down the road about 100 feet.
"Back at the time, what they did was they dragged that old culvert back up and just put it back in," he said. "And then they put in another culvert as an overflow, but that's still not sufficient."
On Halloween in 2019, another storm rolled into town, destroying a section of the roadway and again washing out the culvert. Rollin Irish and Mars Hollow Roads were closed for a short period of time that year while temporary repairs were made.
"The problem is that the culvert isn't catching enough water," Allerton said. "We've got a design now for a bigger culvert."
What's next: Rollin Irish Road will be closed to all through traffic beginning Aug. 19 so the culvert can be replaced.
Due to excavation across the entire width of the road, the removal of the existing culvert and the construction of the new culvert, the road is anticipated to be closed until Sept. 3, according to a the town.
A map of the designated detours will be available on miltonvt.gov, Facebook and Front Porch Forum at a later date.
How it's funded: The Federal Emergency Management Agency granted Milton $37,000 towards the project, Allerton said. The remaining cost of the project, $97,000 will come from the town's public works budget.