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_imgThe Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency has banned entertainment establishments from operating on Thursday and Friday in observance of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).In a circular published on Monday, the agency’s head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia asked tourist attraction operators in the capital to operate inline with the regulations for the Idul Adha celebration, which falls on Friday.According to the city’s regulations, entertainment establishments, such as saunas, nightclubs, massage parlors, discotheques, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, pool halls and other tourist attractions must be closed one day prior to and on the day of Idul Adha.Read also: Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 ‘red zones’“Discotheques that are located inside commercial areas or four-starred [or above] hotels and not located near places of worship, schools, housing complexes or hospitals are exempt [from this policy],” Cucu said as quoted by on Monday.The agency will enforce strict punishments on business owners caught violating the regulations during the Idul Adha celebrations, he added. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RED BANK – It’s like a home brewing kit for oyster wranglers.That’s the way Aleksandr Modjeski described the miniature oyster nursery tanks he hopes to have in hand next summer to boost the Operation Oyster initiative started by The American Littoral Society.“The idea of these kits is about community engagement,” said Modjeski, a boat captain and licensed U.S. Coast Guard operator of uninspected passenger vessels with over 680 days at sea. “We have a great group of local volunteers who are dedicated to restoring the oyster population in our river system and they’re attracted to the idea of creating life. If we can marry that concept with the do-it-yourself spirit of brewing your own beer, the hope is that we’ll appeal to even more people,” Modjeski added.The design of these DIY oyster nurseries would be a scaled-down version of the tank and pumping system Modjeski and his team have constructed on the promenade behind the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank.Modjeski and representatives from the American Littoral Society gathered at the Oyster Point Hotel June 30 to unveil their “spat tank,” a controlled aquatic habitat approximately the size of a large bathtub, filled with whelk shell-clusters where oyster larvae can be raised and monitored until their maturation warrants placement in local rivers.Though Modjeski’s full-size tank can house hundreds of thousands of oyster larvae and hundreds of whelk shells, the do-it-yourself kits would be substantially smaller and much easier to maintain, with between 50 and 80 shells and a few thousand larvae.“Cost of production is always the big question but our financial development director believes its feasible,” Modjeski said. “There are several grants we can apply for to help with funding or individuals or groups of volunteers can fund one just like a home brewing kit. There are options and I’m sure we’ll explore all avenues.”Prompting the discussion of these kits is a promising development with Operation Oyster, as the Modjeski and the American Littoral Society recently revealed that their efforts behind the Oyster Point Hotel have resulted in the growth of a substantial number of oysters.In mid-July Modjeski ventured to the banks of the Navesink and placed 500,000 oyster larvae inside the tank. When he returned last week he was thrilled to find an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 had set on the whelk shells and their growth has continued at a rapid rate.“We had a really great set. It’s something we’re really proud of,” Modjeski said. “They’re not only surviving in the tank but they’re growing fast.”American Littoral Society’s executive director, Tim Dillingham, called this successful larvae set inspiring and said the next step is to try and develop the specimens further in the actual river system itself.“Now that they’re on the shell, we have to put the shell in the river and try and grow them out,” said Dillingham, who noted that similar successful oyster growth efforts taking place in the Chesapeake Bay are proof that this process can work and the model on which Operation Oyster is based.“This next part of the process, growing them out in the river, is what will really inform us about the habitat qualities of the different parts of the river. We don’t know yet if there’s a sweet spot out there for oyster growth, but if there is, we’re going to let nature run it’s course and lead us to it,” Dillingham added.The way in which the larvae will be placed in the rivers is by fastening the whelk shell clusters to docks that are privately owned by volunteers. These volunteers have already started placing batches of shells on their docks by crafting “Whelk-come Mats,” a flat rig made of abandoned crab trap material with whelk shells fastened to it.According to Modjeski, if his DIY oyster growth kits catch on, a single volunteer oyster wrangler with one small nursery could produce enough oyster larvae for five docks, substantially expanding the efforts of Operation Oyster.This article was first published in the August 9-16, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more