We’ve made it to 100 posts here on the official Vermont Local Roads Blog in just over a year. In that time we’ve tried to keep readers apprised of current workshop information, winter weather, interesting news, note & innovations, bits of history and tried to have fun along the way. A big thanks goes out to everyone who has taken the time to read and support this blog. Remember commenting on posts is encouraged!
To mark our 100th post, it’s only appropriate that we take a closer look at one of Vermont’s iconic state roads- Route 100!
Vermont Yankee Magazine reporter Michael Blanding, writing in the fall of 2009 describes the over 200 mile pathway through the Green Mountains in this way: “Route 100 is a restless road. As it salamanders its way through the mountainous middle of Vermont, it seems perpetually on the verge of decision, only to change its mind in a mile.”
Meandering and weaving, connecting the ski areas of the South and providing the imaginary line of demarcation of the western edge to the Kingdom in the North, Route 100 officially begins at the Massachusetts border and crosses into Stamford. It wanders up to Hartwellville before turning south to Whitingham. Route 100 then begins its northern ascent, passing through Wilmington, Wardsboro, Jamacia Londonderry and Plymouth. It’s venture through Ludlow and Killington continues its role as mountain connector.
At Killington, Route 100 takes a turn down Mendon Mountain and goes through Rochester and Granville on its way through the Mad River Valley towns of Warren and Waitsfield. At Waterbury, Interstate 89 crosses Route 100 for the only time. Then the northern section comes, stretching through Stowe and the other Lamoille County towns of Morrisville and Eden. Lowell welcomes Route 100 to Orleans Country, where it concludes at the shores of Lake Memphremagog and Newport at the Canadian Boarder.
Totaling 216.59 miles, Route 100 is the longest numbered highway in the state of Vermont. It passes through seven of the nine VTrans maintenance districts, and nine of Vermont’s 14 counties. A summertime event entering its seventh running, the “100 on the 100,” is a relay race run entirely on the state highway involving teams of six people who each run about 17 miles in three spurts.
Vermont Route 100 snakes its way up the spine of the Green Mountain State, providing twists and turns from ski country to rolling farmland near Canada. It is an important route that provides a central connection through the state.