Two bridges replaced in Roxbury, Route 12A open to traffic

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced that two accelerated bridge replacement projects on Route 12A in the Town of Roxbury have been completed and the roadway is now open to all traffic. ‘These are the final two bridge closures resulting from Tropical Storm Irene,’ noted VTrans’ Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We are very close to reaching our Irene Response mission of opening all our damaged roads by the end of the year.’  The final closed road under construction, Route 107 in Stockbridge, remains on track for opening at the end of next week. Luck Brothers of Plattsburg, New York, was the contractor for the replacement of bridges 15 and 22 on Route 12A, both of which cross the third branch of the White River. The total closure on October 17, allowed the bridges to be completely replaced in just under 10 weeks.  Unlike the temporary bridge replacements in other areas of Irene-affected roads, bridges 15 and 22 were permanent fixes to damaged bridges.  ‘In responding to these bridge failures we were able to deploy innovative techniques and rapid bridge deployment to complete permanent bridge replacements in record time,’ noted Rich Tetreault, VTrans’ chief engineer.  The agency also completed work this week on two culverts in the Refrigerator Flats area of Route 107.  The 1.1 mile segment between its intersection with Route 100 in Stockbridge and the Post Office in Gaysville has reopened to local traffic only. Replacing the two culverts in Stockbridge is among the final tasks necessary before Route 107 can be reopened in its entirety. Irene struck on August 28, 2011 and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only seven miles of Route 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel remain closed 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) where they can follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans 12.21.2011last_img read more

Minister sacks AFN Technical Director, recalls Secretary to Ministry

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has sacked Sunday Adeleye, the embattled Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, making him the first casualty of radical reforms taking place in the sports ministry.Special Assistant to the Minister, Kola Daniel, said in a statement that Dare also ordered the recall of AFN Secretary General, Elijah Ademu, to the Ministry, while a new scribe would be announced in due course.“Adeleye’s removal followed the report of the Advisory Committee on the Poor Performance of Team Nigeria at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha – Qatar 2019.“A letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to AFN President, Shehu Gusau, directed him to inform Adeleye of his sack.“Consequent on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, I am further directed to convey the directive of the Honourable Minister for the immediate removal from office of Adeleye as Technical Director of the AFN.“This is on the account of ascertained gross misconduct. Accordingly, you are directed to convey to Adeleye in writing this directive and evidence of compliance delivered to the honourable minister,” the statement said.Daniel added that the Advisory Committee had in its report indicted Adeleye in varying degrees in the handling of the Federation’s affairs in Doha.Tags: afnElijah AdemuKola DanielSunday Darelast_img read more

Lee pulls out of Brighton move

first_img Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said: “It is extremely disappointing for the club, Sami Hyypia and those of us who worked hard to bring him here, that Sammy Lee has now reversed his decision after agreeing to become assistant manager. “Nobody at our club or Bolton was aware of any interest from Southampton until several hours after we announced Sammy’s appointment as our assistant manager. It’s certainly not a situation any of us have come across before. “Having already agreed his contract and terms with us to start work on Monday, we could have insisted on Sammy serving a notice period but we all feel it would have been counter-productive to do so – and while it’s incredibly frustrating for us we wish Sammy well. “Our focus now is on working with Sami to help him recruit his assistant – while also supporting him to bring in the players he needs to improve the squad for the new season.” Lee apologised for the situation on the Seagulls’ official website as he said: “I was thrilled to be offered the job at Brighton and I was excited at the prospect of working with Sami Hyypia again. “But, totally unexpectedly, I have been given an opportunity to work in the Premier League. “I fully appreciate that this is not an ideal set of circumstances and I am very sorry for the inconvenience and any embarrassment my change of mind, after the announcement was made, has caused. “However, at this stage of my coaching career, the opportunity to work again at the very top level of English football was not something I felt I could turn down. “I hope everyone at Brighton can understand the difficult predicament I found myself in and why I made this decision.” Sammy Lee has done a U-turn and will not be taking up the position of assistant manager with Brighton. The former England and Liverpool midfielder had agreed to leave his role as the head of academy coaching and development at Bolton to take up the position with their Championship rivals following the appointment of Sami Hyypia as boss. However, th e 55-year-old now intends to take a coaching position at a Premier League club – believed to be Southampton. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more