Yesterday’s steady rain brought Lake Champlain to another new historic high after a slight reprieve over the weekend. This morning the Lake has passed the 103 foot mark, according to USGS data at Burlington’s Waterfront ECHO Center.
A portion of I-89 Southbound in Milton has been restricted due to instability in the right lane. It continues to be an area of concern today, among others, Vermont Public Radio reports.
VTrans continues to work on the especially hard-hit portion of Route 2 that links the Champlain Islands to Milton. “This is a key link. We’re working around the clock to stabilize this,” Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles told the Burlington Free Press. VTrans District Manager Dave Blackmore stated over 6,000 cubic yards of rock have been dumped to try to ease the lake and stop the road deterioration.
The I-89 lane was closed after the threat arose that it could slide down the embankment. “We know this slope is active,” Blackmore told the Burlington Free Press. “Engineers will test the slide to determine how to fix the problem. “It’s a long-term problem,” he said.
The lane is likely to remain closed for weeks or months.