by Andrew Martin
A road exiting Hyde Park Village will be closed in the coming week. The town will be closing Black Farm Road to all traffic from Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26, in order to complete a project related to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The work will be completed on the section of the road between Route 15 and West Main Street. The road will be back open to traffic by 4 p.m. on June 26.
According to Hyde Park Town Administrator Ron Rodjenski, the work on Black Farm Road will be done by town employees, and it will consist of the lowering of a section of the gravel road approximately 300 feet long. Over the years gravel and fill had been added to the road to combat mud season and that work resulted in the guard rails being buried and losing their effectiveness.
Rodjenski added the fact that it will be town employees doing the work means that the project will have no special extra cost to the town. He also explained that once the road is lowered the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail project will reset and likely install new guardrails to keep travelers on the trail, which is adjacent to the road, separated from motorists on Black Farm Road.
“Overall it is a road safety project for us and a trail safety project for VAST,” Rodjenski stated. VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) is the agency in charge of the LVRT project as a whole.
Rodjenski reiterated that during the three to four days needed for the project the road will not be open to motorists at any time. Anyone with any questions may call Ron at 888-2300 ext. 2.
The road will not be open at any time during this period but will reopen by 4:00 p.m. on June 26. Any questions may be directed to Ron Rodjenski, Town Administrator 888-2300 x2.