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_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoInside the beach shack at 90 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach.“All three have been well maintained or renovated and buyers could simply move in, but it is likely that in the coming years these homes will all be transformed into more substantial properties.”A three-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage at 23 Ocean Street is for sale for offers over $1.4 million, while a mid-century fibro beach shack at 90 Seagull Avenue could be yours for more than $1.3 million.A tiny, two-bedder at 15 Tamborine Street is also up for grabs and just had its price reduced to $1.395 million.After 12 years and two kids, Melissa and Scott Lyndon have decided to sell their beloved beach house.But they hope it will go to someone who loves it as much as they do.“I hope they don’t pull it down,” Mrs Lyndon said.“I hope they do keep it and love it and enjoy it like we have.“We love the fact it’s homey, you know, and it is a beach shack and it’s not sterile … not a big concrete mass.” MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11M Inside the beach shack at 23 Ocean St, Mermaid Beach.Mr Henderson’s agency currently has three original beach shacks on the market in the suburb, which is rare. On the outside, they may not look too flash, but most original beach shacks have either kept their retro charm or been renovated inside.“All three homes are older style beach cottages, have two or three bedrooms, and sit on 405 sqm blocks within easy walking distance to the beach and all the attractions of Mermaid Beach,’’ Mr Henderson said. OLD AND NEW GO UNDER THE GAVEL The humble beach shack is in danger of becoming extinct in Queensland. Picture: Alan Barber.“The height restrictions in the residential areas have helped maintain that strong community feel in the suburb and have encouraged property owners to upgrade their homes without the fear that a high-rise apartment will be built next door,” Mr Henderson said.“At the same time developments along the highway have revitalised what was becoming a tired strip of shops.“The suburb has benefited majorly from the growth of the cafe culture and the area now is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.”Palm Beach is also experiencing a loss of traditional beach houses from its streets.A tiny, original beach shack on the market for $3.25 million has just sold — making its former owners close to $1 million in just two years. The kitchen in the beach shack at 193 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach.Overlooking the sand and surf, the house has panoramic coastal views from Snapper Rocks to Stradbroke Island and is within walking distance to popular cafes, shops and the local surf life saving club.Palm Beach is an hour’s drive from Brisbane and 10 minutes from Gold Coast Airport.The suburb has a median house price of $820,000, with prices increasing more than 10 per cent in the past 12 months, according to CoreLogic. The original beach shack has become a dying breed on Queensland shores.THE humble beach shack is in danger of becoming extinct in southeast Queensland as buyers snap them up only to bulldoze and build bigger and bolder versions of the real thing. Beachside real estate agents say time is running out for to secure an original beach cottage on Queensland’s coastline, especially in suburbs like Mermaid Beach and Palm Beach. But they don’t come cheap. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Original beach shacks are disappearing from Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast.Entry level prices for older-style detached homes east of the Gold Coast Highway now sit around the $1.2 million mark.Luke Henderson.of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach said the suburb had undergone a significant process of gentrification in the past five years, driven by seachangers snapping up beach shacks and replacing them with brand new homes complete with teenager’s retreats and modern luxuries. WINTER FEAST FOR PROPERTY BUYERS This beach shack at 23 Ocean Ave, Mermaid Beach, is for sale. This beach shack at 193 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, sold for $3.25m.The two-bedroom abode on 412 sqm of absolute beachfront land at 193 Jefferson Lane was built in the 1970s and has barely been touched since.Selling agent Troy Dowker of Ray White-Mermaid Beach said the property had sold for circa $3 million to a local buyer, who planned to knock it down and build a luxury home on the site. Inside the beach shack at 15 Tamborine St, Mermaid Beach.The median house price in Mermaid Beach is now the highest on the Gold Coast at $1.575 million, having grown by a staggering 84 per cent in the past five years.“While the suburb has always been considered one of the Gold Coast’s most desirable addresses, there are a number of factors which have made it a stand out performer in recent years,’’ Mr Henderson said.He said the local council’s decision to protect the three-storey height limit in the residential areas while allowing for higher developments along the Gold Coast Highway had made Mermaid Beach more appealing. This beach shack at 15 Tamborine St, Mermaid Beach, is for sale. This fibro beach shack at 90 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach, is for sale.last_img read more