The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Saturday, November 19, will close a section of Route 125 in Hancock so that a culvert damaged by Tropical Storm Irene can be replaced. The closure, which will take place along Route 125 about two miles west of its intersection with Route 100, will render the road impassible for two days. Work crews will close Route 125 at sunup on Saturday, November 19, and plan to reopen the road sometime on Monday, November 21. ‘There is no doubt that this closure will inconvenience some travelers,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘Fortunately, most of the work can be done quickly and over the weekend to minimize impacts on people’s commute to work.’ Shortly after Irene destroyed a culvert in this location, state crews installed a temporary pipe adjacent to the old one. While this temporary culvert allowed the road to remain open, it is undersized for the location, and a larger, permanent structure needs to be installed. The new culvert will be made of concrete, and will have a larger opening than the original. The larger culvert will allow greater volumes of water to flow underneath the road, and help prevent similar storm damage from occurring in the future. While Route 125 will reopen on Monday, November 21, work will not be completed at that time. Motorists should expect traffic to be constricted to one lane at this location for several more days as crews finish repairs. Irene struck on August 28, 2011 and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only 2 bridge locations remains closed, and all but nine miles of state roadway are open to public travel. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter.