first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is continuing to protect the roads from flooding effects, particularly around Lake Champlain and the Islands. While lake levels have crested and are beginning to recede, strong winds from the north are now continuing to affect some roads.  VTrans is monitoring the situation, and taking immediate action when needed to shore up the roads affected.  Traffic controls are also in place to assist construction vehicles for road improvement operations that continue throughout the day in some areas.  Delays can be expected along Route 2 between Milton and the Islands.  Travelers are cautioned to please drive slowly and, if possible, to avoid the area during commuting times.  Road work is expected to continue throughout the area until at least Wednesday. Road Updates as of Monday, 4 pm: Ongoing Areas of Concern: Route 2 / Sandbar / Causeway:   Water is still over the road surface (up to 6 inches in some areas), and travel is slow.  VTrans has completed installation of jersey barriers which are intended to delineate the edge of the roadway and keep debris out of the travel way.  Crews have armored the south side of the causeway with large stone and are currently working on armoring the north side of the causeway.  Crews expect to be done with armoring the causeway by Wednesday. Route 2 / City Bay  and Carry Bay:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Alburgh-North Hero Bridge / ‘Mother’s Bend’:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Just north of Alburgh-North Hero Bridge:  Crews have installed jersey barrier and built up the roadbed with crushed stone.  The work is done, and the area is being monitored. Route 78 / Swanton:  Crews continue to armor the banks with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Delineators have been installed to define the edge of the roadway.  Road is now clear of water. Route 129 / Ilse La Motte:  Traffic down to one lane as crews continue to armor the causeway with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Areas with water over the road are being constantly monitored. Travelers should proceed with caution. Route 17 in Chimney Point (previously closed) remains open. I-89 Southbound in Milton reduced to one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane. Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere is down to one lane in  multiple locations. These are extended events that will last until further notice. Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road, is down to one lane due to slope failure.  This will be an extended event that will last until further notice. Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton, is down to one lane in several areas due to multiple slope failures. State Road Closures: Route 7 / Highgate / ‘Tyler Place’:   Closed due to flooding and debris.  Area is being monitored and we anticipate being able to open the road later in the week. Route 36 in St. Albans, between Georgia Shore Road and McQuam Road, is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. We anticipate an extended closure. Route 125 near Chimney Point is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury.  Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending. Note that the Chimney Point and Grand Isle ferries are still running on schedule.last_img read more

first_imgCHC Group, a helicopter services provider, has been awarded an extension by Equinor for both the Tampen/Oseberg and Heidrun contract in Norway. The extension is for one year and it is effective from September 2020 to August 2021. “We are delighted that we continue to enjoy Equinor’s confidence in our ability to not only execute their service safely but also with outstanding efficiency and levels of customer service”, said Per Andre Rykhus, General Operations Manager, CHC Helikopter Services Norway. This is for three Sikorsky S-92 SAR aircraft and three super puma A332L/L1. The contract offers the opportunity for further extensions. The aircraft are located at the Johan Sverdrup, Oseberg, Statfjord B, and Heidrun platforms and cover the area expanding from the Northern North Sea into the Norwegian Sea. “We will continue to evolve our services and embrace the latest technology to best meet customer needs, building on our decades of experience in Norwegian oil and gas activity”.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – No longer will people have to wonder whether those old stamps in the bottom of the drawer are still good for postage. Nor will they have to cobble together a collection of small stamps to add up to a new price. The Postal Regulatory Commission is recommending a new type of stamp – it’s been dubbed “forever” – that sells for the first-class rate and remains valid to mail a letter no matter how much rates go up in the future. On Monday, the commission also recommended a 2-cent increase in first-class rates, to 41 cents, a penny less than the post office had sought. The panel also would sharply scale back the price of heavier letters. “Adoption of this proposal is good for the Postal Service, postal customers and our postal system,” commission chairman Dan G. Blair said at a briefing. That means the price of sending a two-ounce letter would actually decrease from 63 cents to 58 cents. The proposal also recommended a 2-cent boost, to 26 cents, in the cost of mailing a post card, also a penny less than the Postal Service had sought. Blair said the proposals were scaled back because the higher rates the Postal Service proposed would have raised more income than necessary for the service to break even in 2008. The proposal also suggested changes in a variety of other rates including a 17-cent surcharge on “odd-shaped” mail that cannot be processed using letter-sorting machines. William Burrus, president of the American Postal Workers Union, called the overall decision “a major victory for the American people.” He said the union had argued for the smaller rate increase. The matter now goes back to the board of governors of the Postal Service, which can accept the recommendations or ask for reconsideration. If accepted, the new rates could take effect as soon as May. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A forever stamp would not carry a denomination, but would sell for whatever the first-class rate was at the time. For example, if the 41-cent rate takes effect, forever stamps would sell for 41 cents. If rates later climbed to 45 cents or more, the price of the forever stamp would also go up at the counter or machine, but those purchased before the change would still be valid to mail a letter. So there would be no need to buy small-denomination stamps to add to envelopes. Currently, first-class mail costs 39 cents for the first ounce and 24 cents for each additional ounce. While the first ounce would rise to 41 cents under the proposal, it would cost just 17 cents for each additional ounce. last_img read more