Emergency work on Rt. 117 in Jericho expected to end Thursday

VTrans is expecting to finish up construction on a long-standing worrisome area in Jericho.
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 6:36 AM EST
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JERICHO, Vt. (WCAX) - VTrans expects to finish up emergency construction on a flood-prone road in Jericho on Thursday.

People have been concerned that Mill Brook at the intersection of Barber Farm Road and Route 117 was going to overflow and take out the road.

Officials say the problem came to a head last Monday.

“The river was going to wash out Route 11, no question about it, and that’s why the plan had to happen so quickly. It came on our property. We had about 10 feet on the roadway on Monday. And when we enacted our repair Tuesday morning, we were down to like three feet,” said Ernie Patnoe of VTrans.

Crews were able to bid on the project that day and began construction Tuesday. Patnoe says they should be done by Thursday night.

“You lay four-foot rocks at the bottom of the slope and then you do another layer for flat rock and then you do three-foot rocks on top, two feet of rocks on top of that, one-foot rock on top of that, and then small rock at the top. It’s a very common repair,” said Patnoe.

He says a few similar construction projects happen a year. The cost was $66,000, which was already in the budget.